Moore Boeck Studio

Moore Boeck design and art studio in Los Angeles. Includes on-site vermicomposting and 4,500 gallons of rainwater storage to support a perennial edible garden.

+ about this project

This project is on a commercial property in northeast Los Angeles. The site has 3,400 square feet of buildings, including 2.5 storefront spaces, a warehouse and loading dock, alongside a south-facing parking lot.

Trees and shrubs are planted in wine barrels and hugelkultur atop the southeast section of the parking lot, obscuring rainwater storage tanks and vermiculture, and helping to insulate the buildings. The asphalt is layered with used cardboard, free city mulch and logs collected from nearby tree trimming. The plants provide shade, privacy, beauty and fresh air for employees, and examples of crops suited or adapted to the mediterranean climate.

  • The 3,400 square foot roof can capture an average of over 30,000 gallons of water per year.
  • Rainwater tanks connected to a gutter system has 4,400 gallon capacity.
  • The garden currently demonstrates nearly 20 perennial foods.
  • Vermicomposting on site from kitchen scraps and garden biomass.
  • Ceiling, wall and window insulation, along with the water tanks and garden, has reduced indoor warm season temperatures by 20 to 30 degrees.
+ list of crops

  • Almond
  • Aloe Vera
  • Atemoya
  • Avocado
  • Bamboo
  • Banana
  • Basil
  • Camellia Sinensis (green, black, white, oolong tea)
  • Chaya (Tree Spinach)
  • Coffee
  • Guava
  • Fig
  • Jaboticaba
  • Lemongrass
  • Lettuce
  • Moringa
  • Pomegranate
  • Squash
  • Sugarcane
  • Tobacco
  • Tomatillo
  • Tomato
  • White Sapote
  • Yerba Mate
  • la studio lunch area
    Privacy, shade, and fresh air from food-producing plants in an otherwise hot, dusty urban environment.
  • la studio lunch area
    Andrea and Natalia completed their permaculture certifications in 2022.
  • la studio almonds
  • la studio outdoor rainwater tank
    Rainwater tank installation.
  • la studio loading dock water tanks
    Rainwater storage tanks being installed in the loading dock.
  • la studio harvest
    Bananas and guavas.
  • la studio warehouse before
    Andrea in the warehouse before fully insulating the building, which reduced warm season indoor temps by 20 to 30 degrees.
  • la studio dev room
    Developer room after insulation.