The project involved the renovation of a 21,000 gsf bow truss warehouse building at the UCLA Margo Leavin Graduate Art Studios in Culver City, as well as the new construction of an 18,500 gsf addition for use by the UCLA Department of Art. The completed project includes upgraded artist studios, a gallery space, as well as laboratories for ceramics, photography, digital media, woodworking and welding. At the main entrance, an open-air entry garden is enclosed on two sides by vine covered architectural mesh, providing privacy and security for the garden courtyard. A 33 feet foot ceiling of translucent polycarbonate provides vertical space for 3 Shoestring Acacia trees, under which the students can sit to eat, mingle and learn. Terraced amphitheater seating provides a transition between finished grades and provides a larger gathering space for performances or lectures. This project received a LEED Gold certification.
University of California, Los Angeles
Johnston Marklee, Architect