larchmont charter high school

los angeles

2013

Spark>Spaces Design finalist

On a small rise across from Lafayette Park, the building that now houses Larchmont Charter High School was designed and built in 1957 by Welton Becket and Associates as a glamorous headquarters for New York Life Insurance Company and an architecturally progressive addition to the Westlake neighborhood of Los Angeles.

The important elements of Becket's design were all intact: an open-air interior court, a custom aluminum curtain wall with pivoting operable windows and full-height brise-soleil louvers protecting the south fa├žade. These were all incorporated into an otherwise complete reconfiguration of the interior. The result is an urban high school campus of generous, light filled classrooms, all with access to fresh air and views of the city.

 

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