In a rousing ribbon-cutting attended by Viacom executives and the real-life embodiments of SpongeBob and Squidward, Nickelodeon opened a vast expansion of its Burbank studio earlier this month, planting a modern and well-appointed workspace for 700 employees at the heart of one of the world’s entertainment capitals.
“The opening of our new offices in Burbank is a significant moment for Nickelodeon,” said Nickelodeon Group President Cyma Zarghami. “We are ushering in a new era of creative excellence and increased collaboration for everyone who works here. Since we first planted our flag on the West Coast in the early ‘90s, Nickelodeon in Burbank has been a beacon to the creative community, and our new complex now signals our increased commitment to giving our creators and employees the very best environment and resources to be successful.”
The more-than 200,000-square-foot space expands upon Nick’s adjacent legacy studio with room to host more than 20 show productions, including smash hits The Loud House, SpongeBob SquarePants and Shimmer and Shine.
The building distills the essence of Nick’s kid-centric brand into a grown-up workspace dotted with customizable work stations and ample collaborative spaces. Archival libraries warehouse the brand’s deep well of iconic work, while rotating galleries showcase the best of contemporary artists’ efforts from both inside and outside of the company. Threaded throughout the five-story space is an 88-seat screening room, voiceover studios, a café, and rooms dedicated to fitness, music and gaming.
The nucleus of this complex is a 23,000-square-foot courtyard, which connects the old and new buildings with an outdoor gathering space that further echoes Nick’s rich history and spirited present. A 400-pound Ren and Stimpy statue guards a Zen garden while Henry Danger, Dora and others appear in wire sculpture form. Banners represent every live-action and animated show in current production.
The product of a partnership between Nickelodeon and more than a half dozen design and construction firms, the building is the first of two new Viacom facilities that will open in the Los Angeles area this month – a Hollywood building will open on Jan. 26.
Local filmographer Brian Hawkins put together this time-lapse of the building rising from the streets.