Wende Museum Creative Community Center and Housing

Culver City, California
The Wende Museum and Culver City
7,000 sq. ft.
The project is a multi-phase addition to the Wende Museum campus in Culver City’s cultural corridor. Phase I consists of a new Creative Community Center. Phase II will be affordable housing. The Creative Community Center is a 7,000 sq. ft. multi-purpose building designed for a variety of activities including performances, exhibits, and civic activities, and will become a gathering place for the community. Designed as an extension of the existing Wende gardens, the building is a series of concrete terraces with green roofs that terrace up from the existing park. Each of the levels is interconnected with an existing 2,000 sq. ft. A-frame building through the use of an architectural screen that seamlessly joins old and new. The center will maintain and establish operational, meeting, and educational space for community partners including the United States Veterans’ Artist Alliance, Culver City Unified School District, the Mayme A. Clayton Library and Museum, and Upward Bound House. The second phase, in conjunction with the Artistic Freedom Initiative (AFI), will add six low-income homes to the campus. The homes are designed as modular housing blocks with a standard unit plan. The patio of each unit is designed to have two unique inflections to the walls and roof that can be reconfigured to create a playful facade for a backdrop to the Wende gardens. Both phases are designed to appear unified with the existing Wende Museum’s 1940s-era armory, as a family of buildings that are both interconnected visually and independent architecturally.   
In Progress
AUX Team:
Brian Wickersham (principal-in-charge), Sabina Lira (PM), Leon Cheng, Ivan Laguna, Titus Dimson, Taylor Sanderson, Robert Kang
Project & Cost Manager - Gardiner & Theobald, Structural Engineer - Nous Engineering, Civil Engineer - LC Engineering, MEP/Fire Design/Security - Alfa Tech, Landscape Designer - Michael Boyd, Landscape Architect - SQLA Inc., Theater/AV/Lighting Design - John Levy Lighting Productions, Signage - Robert Fitch Design, Acoustic - Nick Antonio Acoustics