“When it comes to designing sublime spaces for the display of art, Kulapat Yantrasast is the man to see. The Bangkok-born, Los Angeles–based architect’s résumé includes two of L.A.’s most adventurous commercial galleries (L&M Arts and Perry Rubenstein, both now closed, sadly), the Grand Rapids Art Museum in Michigan, as well as projects undertaken with Japanese master Tadao Ando (Yantrasast was the project architect for the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and the Armani Teatro in Milan). His latest triumph is the new David Kordansky Gallery in South L.A., an instant neighborhood landmark certain to attract fine-art junkies from near and far.
Yantrasast’s design joins a pair of existing buildings that previously housed a martial arts studio, a car repair shop, and a food market dating to the 1930s. The architect recast the structures as two soaring, skylit galleries of equal size and scale. ‘It was important that both spaces have the same dimensions so that no hierarchy is implied,’ Yantrasast explains. ‘Certain shows will feature one artist in both galleries, but others will present two artists in some kind of dialogue, either directly expressed or subtly implied.’ ”