Nickelodeon Studio Headquarters203 W Olive Avenue
Burbank, CA 91502
Design Achievement – Over time Nickelodeon had outgrown its main campus and started utilizing offsite buildings to house many of their employees. The design and construction of a new Class A office building is a core part of the corporation's strategy to increase efficiency and build a physical presence in the community. DLR Group's planning of the new state-of-the-art headquarters building unites all of Nickelodeon’s brands in one location as a hub for the entire animation industry. Crafted in partnership with STUDIOS, the timeless, yet contemporary new office building continues the theme of the existing campus with careful consideration taken to reflect the creativity and sophistication of Nickelodeon while also responding to the adjacent industrial context. Additionally, the scale of the building provides a previously unattainable physical presence in the community, seen from a distance in the surrounding area, including a nearby transit hub and the heavily traveled interstate highway. The campus is designed as an open and inviting space where employees feel the freedom and inspiration of an artists’ retreat. The building layout follows the client’s strong belief that creative ideas spring more frequently from casual interactions than forced meetings, so interior spaces are designed for greater collaboration and mobility between the various production arms.
Scope Summary – The new state-of-the-art, 5-story glass structure converted a former equipment rental yard, located adjacent to the main campus, into an extension of Nickelodeon's current facilities. The office building was constructed on a very tight site, making it a challenge to achieve the client's desired program while adhering to the development guides of the City of Burbank. DLR Group worked closely with the City to allow the project to fit within the development guidelines and also to work through minor variances that could provide some much needed flexibility. Amenities include an on-site restaurant and coffee shop, a central courtyard with designated lecture space and a music room. DLR Group provided site planning and architecture for the building’s exterior and core and shell, including technical documents, entitlement process, and construction administration.