The SLO_Gen communal table is the new centrepiece in the lobby at the Los Angeles office of global architecture, design and consultancy firm, Gensler. The project is a result of a partnership between Gensler and the Department of Architecture at the College of Architecture and Environmental Design at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, California.

Hi-Macs was a key material in achieving the table’s striking curves, thanks to its thermoforming properties, resistance, seamless joints and the smooth surface.

The design brief outlined a table that could accommodate standing and sitting space for guests, as well as storage for the firm’s design publications. The piece would need to be site-specific and prominently featured in Gensler’s new downtown Los Angeles office.

Structural engineers at Buro Happold and Hi-Macs solid surfacing material provider, LG Hausys, joined multiple discussions to examine schemes and offer insight on constructability, cost and structural integrity.

Inspired by the design and opportunity, LG Hausys became a partner in the project, providing technical expertise and support for its Hi-Macs solid surface material, which proved to be the ideal material for achieving the table’s draped surface. LG Hausys also introduced the team to the capabilities of Seattle-based fabrication specialist, RD Wing Co, which constructed and delivered the table’s design.

The SLO_Gen table was recently installed in the main entry of Gensler Los Angeles, where its dramatic profile continues to lure pedestrians in from the street and prompt conversation on its origin. The combination of the white colour of the Hi-Macs solid surface with the natural plywood tones creates a soft and elegant contrast.