para los niños family center

los angeles

2013

spark>spaces design: finalist

Re-Thinking The Future: Honorable Mention

 

This family therapeutic services center is an adaptive reuse of a light-industrial building east of downtown Los Angeles, and presents a beacon of safety and security to a chronically underserved local population.

In our project an architectural language of diffuse glazing, screens, color and lighting plays against the robust existing brick and bowstring truss shell, creating an environment distinct from the surrounding neighborhood. Safety and accessibility concerns dictate a multi-step identification and entry process that employs this scheme of color and light as a gentle wayfinding system.

The full block of warehouses now houses programs of this important non-profit organization; in our facade design, new color and signage signals their presence and commitment to this neighborhood.

 

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