Powerhouse Brattørkaia: The Energy-Producing Office Building

Designed by Snøhetta, Powerhouse Brattørkaia is the world’s northernmost energy-positive building. And now it’s been completed, it is not only providing office space for businesses, but powering other structures in the local area

Brooks + Scarpa's redevelopment project for LA’s Flower Market has received approval from the Los Angeles City Planning Commission, giving the green light for the construction of a new 15-storey building that will include more than 300 residential units.

The project will see the demolition of a southern building on the current site, and the renovation of a northern building. The new additional tower will also be split in three to allow space for three roof decks.

The site will also remain host to the commercial flower market, providing 64,000 square feet of wholesale space as well as 10,000 square feet of event space. The flower market will remain in operation throughout construction.

As well as providing a vital heart to the project, the flower market also provides visual inspiration for its design. Brooks + Scarpa have opted to use bright colours throughout the project in reference to the flowers. 

Pending additional approvals, the $170m project will begin construction by the end of the year, and is expected to be completed by 2022. 

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Images courtesy of Snøhetta