Los Angeles, CA
Kayne Griffin Corcoran Gallery - Adaptive reuse: A 10,000 sq ft building converted to art gallery.
The architectural design of the gallery transforms a typical bow-string truss warehouse into a museum-like gallery space, and the project incorporates the permanent site-specific work of James Turrell. In addition to a skyspace with a retractable roof, the skylights of the galleries are backlit with programmable LED lighting that can transform the space with color. The effect is somewhat similar to the upcoming Turrell installation at the New York Guggenheim.
The organization of the new exhibition space follows the rhythm of the former industrial building's existing structural system – a series of four trusses that support the roof, around which we created a sequence of galleries, supporting service spaces. Ceiling heights are maximized at the bottom cords of the trusses; pyramidal coffers with skylights reaching a height of 25 feet animate the main gallery. Outside, the asphalt parking area is converted to a landscaped forecourt.
Location: Los Angeles, CA, US
My Role: Architect
Additional Credits: James Turrell