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Barton Myers: Works of Architecture and Urbanism
September 12–December 12, 2014
With works as varied as a Vidal Sassoon Salon from 1968, the U.S. Expo Pavilion in Seville, Spain in 1992, and his steel houses, this exhibit will present an overview of almost fifty years of architecture. Barton Myers first attracted attention in the late 1960s for his civic buildings and urban projects in Canada. He returned to the United States in 1984 to open a Los Angeles office and became known for his performing arts centers, campus buildings, and steel houses among many projects. 

The Barton Myers papers were donated to the Architecture and Design Collection of the AD&A Museum, UC Santa Barbara in 2000.  The archive covers Myers’s work from 1968 through 2002 and includes sketches and computer drawings, watercolors, images by well-known photographers, detailed study models and models of blocks-long sections of cities, as well as research notes, correspondence, lectures, and writings.

The West Hollywood Design District Presents Decades of Design 1948–2014
November 19, 2014–February 2015
The first-ever retrospective exhibition uncovering, examining and celebrating six decades of rich design history in West Hollywood. The curated ­­gallery will showcase design pioneers and present tastemakers through bold graphics, photographs and original product.

RICS Development Series Los Angeles 2014: Wilshire Grand Center
November 20, 2014
Join RICS Southern California chapter for the launch of their Los Angeles Development Series seminar, which takes an in-depth look at the development and construction of the upscale, world-class Wilshire Grand Project in downtown LA.

Innovation and Design Excellence in Healthcare Facilities Design: Today and Tomorrow
November 21, 2014
Hosted by AIA Los Angeles and AIA San Francisco, Future Care: Design for Health is a one-day healthcare symposium featuring the top minds in healthcare planning, design and construction. Speakers will address the rapidly changing healthcare environment and how these changes impact what healthcare providers need from the design and construction community.

Heath Ceramics Annual Sale
November 21–25, 2014
Heath's annual sale at their locations in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Sausalito offer deals on merchandise along with special presentations.

FOG Design + Art Fair
January 15–18, 2015
Benefiting the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), FOG Design+Art is a four-day celebration and exploration of modern and contemporary design, architecture, and art with dynamic exhibits, custom installations, art galleries, lectures, and discussions with leaders in the art and design worlds.

 

 

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Dec182013

Workbook: Getting Site Specific

For a longtime client's fitness and wellness center, architect Grant Kirkpatrick creatively incorporated the structure beneath an existing tennis court. Image courtesy Kirkpatrick Architects. “He missed the process,” Grant Kirkpatrick, of Kirkpatrick Architects, says of his longtime client, who had just purchased a new property down the street from a home Kirkpatrick had already designed for him. For the client, the place was “a new opportunity to have some fun,” says the architect. The house itself needed quite a bit of work, as did the grounds. A stand-alone gym was also on the agenda, considering the emphasis the client places on wellness and physical fitness. Where to site it proved to be the big question. Several ideas were tossed around before the team finally settled on one suggested by Kirkpatrick’s partner, Erik Evens—place the wellness center underneath the existing tennis court. It proved to be catnip to the client.

The new structure would be clean-lined and modern—simple and functional but stunning. As with anything as simple as this idea, though, it was several orders of magnitude more complex in execution, starting with its location. Engineering reports dictated, says Kirkpatrick, “that it had to be independent from court,” which cantilevers over a hillside, a bit like a freeway overpass. It meant that he had to design the pavilion so its floor and ceiling were completely unconnected to the structure above.

In the end, the wellness center is as smoothly integrated as it is into the structure above and the grounds beyond. “All of our work focuses on the relationship between indoor and outdoor and really trying to make that relationship as indecipherable as possible,” notes Kirkpatrick. Even with the massive glass sliders close, there seems to be no boundary between the Olympic-size pool outside and the fitness, lounge and spa spaces inside.

For the materials, Kirkpatrick opted for a limited palette and used them inside and out, to connect the space even more intimately with the lush natural grotto and landscaped hillside beyond the doors. There’s travertine and bluestone for the walls (the latter specially quarried for the project). Plaster shade sails run from above the pool and into the gym space, as does the teak floor.

Not only did his client love the new wellness center, it recently received an Honor Award for Excellence in Design at the 2013 AIA Long Beach | South Bay Design Awards in the interior architecture category. “It’s not that often that a client and circumstance comes around that allows you to do something that’s simple and powerful,” says Kirkpatrick. “We took unused piece of real estate and inserted something pure, crystalline and highly functional.”

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