Talent agencies are as much about image as they are about business. Nowhere is this truer than in entertainment’s epicenter, Los Angeles. The United Talent Agency took over the former Hilton Hotels headquarters: a pair of buildings that flank a plaza, each with four stories, one of which is below grade. The new office complex has an indoor-outdoor vibe, featuring courtyard areas, terraces and, eateries. The building, which was completely gutted, was redesigned by Rottet Studio with an eye toward displaying UTA’s 158-piece contemporary art collection.
The east building, however, is the primary showpiece. It’s home to UTA’s six board members, including Zimmer, most of the 21 partners, the majority of the 130 agents, their assistants, and seven conference rooms that are semitransparent and well lit by clerestories. UTA’s headquarters also includes a 165 seat screening room, in which Martin Bros. installed isolated walls and ceilings to create an ambient space.