Los Angeles


Metro Arts Building

Program: Office & Retail | Area: 20,000 SF | Location: Los Angeles, CA | Client: Withheld | Status: Construction Documents

The 5-story commercial building at 5657 Wilshire Boulevard was built in 1949 and designed by Welton Becket, the prolific Los Angeles mid-century architect. The building was later occupied by William Pereira, another noted mid-century architect. His work includes landmark buildings such as the Transamerica Building in San Francisco, Geisel Library in San Diego, and LAX theme building.

Becket's original international style facades was replaced in the 1980's with a postmodern inspired redesign. This design has not aged well and It-Makes is planning a major redesign of the exterior facade. The proposed exterior facades feature independently angled vertical fins that create a shimmering lenticular effect which engages the pedestrian and vehicular movement of the street. The proposed aged bronzed fins and panels brings an inviting warmth that enhances the urban landscape.

The butt glazing at the ground floor level dematerializes the transition between interior and exterior space allowing a seamless passage to the reception lobby and café. The upper floors consist of creative office space including open offices, meeting rooms, lounge, and open break areas.

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Status: Unbuilt
Location: Los Angeles, CA, US
Firm Role: Executive Architects