DSH // architecture, Julius Shulman 1956, Taiyo Watanabe, Nico Marques
This renovation of Welton Becket’s 1955 New York Life Insurance building is now the new campus for Larchmont Charter’s 500-student high school. Intelligent reconfiguration, passive design strategies and high-efficacy systems create an environment that promotes superior student performance.
The sensitive reuse of an historic building provides a case study for students to experience first-hand the value of appreciating the past. Reconfiguring the building’s circulation while optimizing natural light and ventilation as well as acoustic control produces high-quality learning spaces.
The school’s commitment in moving to a sometimes neglected neighborhood demonstrates the importance of putting down roots and believing in deserving communities. The project also exhibits to the development community a model for the clever adaptation of the undervalued building stock of Los Angeles.