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 the downtown Los Angeles Fashion District. It is an office space, art gallery, and F&B venue for creative collaboration by 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, represented by an operable screen façade and two adaptable, naturally lit gallery spaces, and creating a place for people to come together. Outside, the three-part aluminum screen both identifies and secures the building throughout the day with four possible configurations. Inside, two galleries at the building’s core fill it with light and air. Shifting sliding doors allow them to be opened and closed to the sky, to one another, or to the café or studio on either side. 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
2020 AIA San Fernando Valley Design Award