The Art Room
Los Angeles, California
7,750 sq. ft.
This AIA award-winning mixed-use development is a creative work and play space in downtown Los Angeles. It is a flexible office space, studio, art gallery, hospitality and F&B venue for creative collaboration for artists, designers, musicians, architects, chefs, baristas, mixologists, photographers, and performers. The challenge was in re-thinking how a day-to-night café/creative studio can be configured for a diverse range of disciplines. The design focuses on achieving maximum flexibility and creating a place for people to come together, with an operable screen facade and two adaptable, naturally lit gallery spaces. Outside, the three-part aluminum screen both identifies and secures the building throughout the day with four possible configurations. By moving operable screen panels, users can control natural light and ventilation to create a light-filled studio, live entertainment venue, culinary experimentation space, and more. Inside, two galleries at the building’s core fill it with light and air. The original brick from 1915 is preserved and juxtaposed against birch wall and ceiling panels that unify the interior spaces.
In Construction; scheduled for completion in 2021
Brian Wickersham (Principal-in-Charge), Matthew Aulicino, Burcin Nalinci, Taylor Nunes, Louie Bofill, Matthew McFetrick, Anabelle Arias, Chris Driscoll
Operable wall system by PanoramAH!, Structural Engineer - Nous Engineering, General Contractor - Bluestone
2021 AIA LA Restaurant Design Award, 2020 AIA San Fernando Valley Design Award