Los Angeles Civic Arts is one of two shortlisted proposals for a major new development in West LA

Over the last few months, wHY has been working collaboratively on the proposal for Los Angeles Civic Arts, a major new mixed use development designed with KFA Architecture, Studio MLA, Thomas Safran & Associates, California Landmark Group, and Historic Resources Group. We’re delighted to announce that our team has been shortlisted and we’re currently awaiting final selection.

LA Civic Arts reimagines the mid-century Civic Center site as a dynamic intersection of the arts and daily life. Located on the south side of Santa Monica Boulevard between Corinth and Butler Avenues, the campus would include a mix of affordable and market-rate housing centered on a landscaped plaza, enlivened by the presence of Berklee College of Music and the iconic Village Studios recording complex.

The Design Team set out to energize the existing mid-century buildings, preserving characteristic features while emphasizing openness and transparency. Municipal offices, housing, and arts spaces come together as part of a carefully designed mix of diverse elements – linked by leisurely landscaping and spaces to interact and relax.

We asked ourselves: why should the arts be separate from daily life? Los Angeles Civic Arts is our answer: an infusion of creativity and sociability into the day-to-day.

West LA Civic Arts Plaza
Courthouse View, Berklee College of Music
Courthouse Interior, Berklee College of Music
Municipal offices
Date
October 26th, 2020
Category
News
Tags
Education,  Historic Preservation,  Masterplans,  Programming,  Sustainability,  Urban Parks
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