Galef Center for Fine Arts, Otis College of Art and Design

A simple footprint belies a complex program and allows dynamic programming at FFP’s Galef Center for Fine Arts. Designed as an “art factory,” the building supports and reflects art-making practices in its loft-like construction and appearance. The square plan of the studio/gallery building achieves maximum economy and flexibility to house large-scale studios for sculpture, painting, drawing, ceramics, and video, as well as critique rooms, offices, classrooms, and two public galleries. Rotating the building in contrast to the converted 1964 Eliot Noyes IBM Aerospace Building on the campus, FFP created spaces that serve as the entry and event plaza, installation spaces, and outdoor work areas. Sheathed in silver-painted corrugated aluminum, the building’s graphically simple elevations are a backdrop to expressive external staircases and the elevator tower, whose outside locations save valuable interior space. Interior planning emphasizes large open studios and classrooms defined by non-structural partition walls. Daylight, views, and natural ventilation dominate all areas of this fast-track project, which was completed under its extremely tight budget in only 15 months from the time FFP was hired.
Awards – School Construction News
Los Angeles, California, USA; 2002; 40,000 SF; $5.4 million