AIA|LA Tours: Marciano Art Foundation
June 1, Tours at 2:00 and 3:30PM
Mid-Wilshire, Los Angeles

Images by wHY Architecture

AIA|LA Tours: Marciano Art Foundation
Thursday, June 1st.
Mid-Wilshire, Los Angeles.

Designed by: wHY Architecture

Tour led by: Kulapat Yantrasast, wHY

In 2013, Maurice and Paul Marciano selected wHY to transform a deserted Scottish Rite Masonic Temple located in Hancock Park, Los Angeles into a cultural center that contributes to LA’s evolving art scene.

Tour is SOLD OUT!

Dedicated to the exhibition and making of contemporary art, the Marciano Art Foundation is conceived as an ‘Art City’, a sprawling environment that balances the historic bones of the building while introducing important spatial elements of world-class cultural institutions such as circulation, lighting and room proportions. wHY’s ‘acupuncture architecture’ approach served as a valuable strategy in experimenting with the relationship between old and new to foster a synergy between the historic building, contemporary art and the urban environment. Architecturally, wHY’s intention was not to re-design or touch the building but to preserve and safeguard it for many years to come through extensive waterproofing.

Once inside, visitors feel transported back in time as a result of how intact the original structure remains — its original features, motifs, details. At the same time, a fresh and lively ambiance is created through the introduction of new walls and ceilings, designed to make the subject matter on display the center of attention. A variety of exhibition spaces, from the very large featuring exposed structure to the more intimate, provide the Foundation with a flexible environment for exhibitions of a single artist’s work, numerous exhibitions at one time, or special events. wHY’s strategic design synthesizes the variety of spaces throughout with the final addition of a wHY-design café/lounge and bookshelves.