Photo Credits: Robert Wedemeyer, Lee Manning, Standard
Kayne Griffin Corcoran Gallery - Adaptive reuse: A 10,000 sq ft bow-string truss warehouse is transformed into a museum-like art gallery animated by pyramidal coffers with skylights.
2013 AIA|LA Merit Design Award
The architectural design of the gallery transforms a typical bow-string truss warehouse into a museum-like gallery space, and the project incorporates a permanent site-specific light installation.
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, and supporting service spaces. Ceiling heights are maximized at the bottom cords of the trusses at 15 feet; 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.
In addition to a skyspace with a retractable roof by artist James Turrell, the artist backlit the skylights of the galleries with programmable LED lighting that can transform the space with color.