para los niños family center
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.