Enter Mara Brock Akil’s ’70s-inspired office oasis (and the city’s finest writers’ retreat)
In LA, the location in West Adams of Mara Brock Akil’s new office is no accident. “I was brought up in this field,” the screenwriter and television producer tells AD PRO. For Brock, who is known for her work on Girlfriends, Love is, and Black lighting, “It was my ‘hood. There are childhood memories on these blocks that shaped me as a person and an artist. So for the rest of his career, which is marked by the launch of his production company Story27, the installation of his new workspace in this part of the city was naturally imposed.
The choice has another deep meaning: In the 1940s, this area, then called the Sugar Hill Arts District, was home to a thriving black art scene. “Writers, actors, artists, musicians, performers, poets have all lived here and shared ideas, time, support, laughter and dreams of a better future,” says Brock Akil. Imagining what a future workspace might look like for her and her team of five, she adds that she hopes to “revitalize that spirit.”
A suite of buildings obtained through RedCar, a business developer and property manager specializing in high-growth Los Angeles neighborhoods, make the perfect new home for the studio.
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But beyond the work of herself and her employees, Brock Akil also hoped to support other creatives, an aspiration that came to fruition with the creation of an on-site colony for writers in a building adjacent to her office. . “The best use of the space next door is to continue my mission of lifting while I climb, spotting and developing talent by simply providing them with a place to write, belong and find their voice. “
Nestled in two single-storey buildings bathed in natural light, the offices and the creative residence are connected by a common courtyard with a fountain. Inside, Tiffany Howell, founder of the interior design studio Palm of the night, achieved a transformation in less than three months, a challenge whose end is striking.