"Much has been written about the expanding LA art scene over the past few years, but for the most part, independent, predominantly artist-run spaces have been overlooked in favor flashier mega-galleries and private museums. The newest of these is the Marciano Art Foundation, which houses the collection of Maurice and Paul Marciano, founders of the Guess fashion brand. Located in the former Scottish Rite Masonic Temple on Wilshire Boulevard, the building has been thoughtfully repurposed by architect Kulapat Yantrasast of wHY, who retained the Temple’s original charm while carving out spaces for contemporary art." Read more at The Guardian
As part of the organization's 'Social Saturday,' wHY Grounds director Mark Thomann presents several recent projects including Ross Pavilion, Sky Landing with Yoko Ono, Pershing Green and others yet-be-revealed. Read more at Mildred's Lane.
Commissioned in 2013, wHY has completed its latest residential project for a restauranteur and his family in Venice Beach. The 3,100 square foot house is designed “'from the inside out' rather than the outside in" and is constructed using concrete because it provides a "great balance of roughness and refinement. It is refined because of the craftsmanship you put into it.” Read more at Los Angeles Times (Image Credit: Richard Powers)
Established by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) to recognize practitioners working on smaller projects, this program is intended "to raise public awareness of the value and design excellence that architects bring to projects, no matter the limits of size and scope." Learn more about the award and this year's recipients at the American Institute of Architects.
The wHY-designed "Marciano Art Foundation is not alone in going the historical route. Several new arts institutions in development that will expand the city’s museum landscape have opted to reimagine existing buildings rather than build sleek new ones." Read more at The New York Times (Image Credit: Emily Berl for The New York Times)
Maile Pingle discovers that "a portfolio dominated by major cultural commissions has honed his [Kulapat's] belief that contemporary architecture must integrate with public interest and elevate the human experience."