The design for the new home of the Los Angeles Lakers in El Segundo, California, embraces the direction for a new generation of LA Lakers’ leadership to operate and grow in a space that reflects their culture, values, and goals. Officially named the “UCLA Health Training Center, Home of the LA Lakers,” the $80 million facility rethinks conventional programming for training facilities, traditionally based on a purely functional layout, and establishes a philosophy of integration between basketball operations and business operations.
Under the same ownership since the 1970s, the LA Lakers’ sought ROSSETTI's expertise in sports architecture and the interior design services of local firm, Perkins + Will to create a new headquarters and training center that would embrace their legacy while looking to the future. The new 121,900 square foot, two-story facility which is currently under construction in El Segundo, California provides LA Lakers’ basketball players and leadership with a hospitality-oriented environment for practicing and was designed around the values defined by the team: Integration, Legacy, Amenity and Partnership.
Based on a domestic precedent as opposed to a corporate environment, ROSSETTI’s design creates a ‘home away from home’ with spaces including a 750-seat practice and exhibition court, offices for both basketball and business operations, an executive office overlooking a two basketball courts, a weight and conditioning gym, plyometric training areas, a theater/screen room, a barbershop, a kitchen directed by a nutritionist, and a player quiet room, among others.
On the exterior of the training center, 276 vertical fins surround the facility and were designed to imagine the individuals who had come before and will come after in creating a community of LA Lakers as they circle the building.
Each fin is 2 feet x 4 feet and approximately 18’ tall. Functionally, the pattern of the fins provides light and visibility into and out of the facility while screening direct sunlight and heat. The façade also features integrated signage for sponsor, UCLA Health. There are 142 fins over the LA Lakers signage and 134 fins for UCLA Health signage.
Inside, the interplay of transparency and light between floors and spaces integrates the operations of basketball and business plus a hospitality-oriented environment focused on players to empower a new legacy for the LA Lakers.
The players will walk past the Hall of Fame and toward a gold door at the entry, reflecting on the legacy of the club and their position in the organization’s history. The Laker’s legacy is also realized in the ground floor basketball functions formed around centralized basketball court and player courtyard.
Operations, management and executive staff will work from second-floor offices and conference rooms that will have views into the ground-floor courts. Staff and visitors enter from the west side of the building. The Laker’s development league team, the D-Fenders, will practice and play on a 750-seat exhibition court. During D-League games, the public will enter from the southwest corner of the building into an exhibit gallery that will feature artwork and other community activities.
The interplay of transparency and light between floors, connective program to integrate the franchise, program for public and private functions, and domestic-oriented player amenities will set a new standard for the LA Lakers home that will dovetail with the organization’s culture and values as it strives to develop a new basketball legacy.