This SoCal Agency Turned a Multiplex Into a Sun-Filled, Creative Office

Housed in a former multiplex, the Huntington Beach, Calif., offices of Grupo Gallegos are more than a little "unconventional," to borrow a word from founder and CEO John Gallegos. Founded in 2001, Grupo Gallegos became a go-to for brands looking to reach the exploding Hispanic market. (Current clients include Comcast, Kia and Nascar.) By 2010, the agency had outgrown its original Long Beach headquarters. After finding the 40,000-square-foot former cinema, Gallegos hired noted architect Lorcan O'Herlihy to transform it into a free-flowing, creative work environment. "We challenged [O'Herlihy] to create a space that had the flexibility to expand as we grew without losing the open feel," Gallegos explained. In keeping with the active SoCal lifestyle, Gallegos also invested in amenities like a gym with full-size basketball court, batting cage and TRX training wall. Even the office's exterior plays a part: "There are amazing views out the front of our office," he added, "and that energy flows right into our space."