What defines an “arts district”?

We might consider an arts district as a concentration of a number of related entities: artists and their studios; prominent galleries and pop-up installations; design shops and boutiques; fashionable restaurants, coffee shops, and bars; maybe a design or architecture school.Taken together, these players and others constitute the complex ecosystem that is the art world.

An arts district emerges when the visible elements of the art world come together in a neighborhood to take
advantage of close physical proximity.

The Goal:

Much of the art world’s activity, however, is not as visible. For every major gallery, a dozen or more small, often non-profit organizations are working diligently on innovative arts education and programming. For this project, my studio considered the advantages of a shared workspace for a collection of these organizations within a tall timber structure.

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This is Third Street

Programs Used:

Grasshopper

Rhinoceros 6

Lumion 9.0

Adobe Creative Suite

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site plan

exterior render

2019 | FIFTH YEAR FALL SEMESTER

The Arts District of Los Angeles was once an industrial zone that represented great harvest in the late 19th Century.  As presented with the opportunity to make use of heavy timber wood, the building takes the motifs of harvest and growth by employing a tree like structure or a dendriform; henceforth, the project aimed to play a larger part in celebrating the tradition of wood through the expression of the ceiling as another plane for architectural and structural expression. 

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ART GALLERY

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WORKSHOP

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ART GALLERY

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The expression of the tree was playfully carried over into the reading of the facade with a sensitivity to the resiliency and fabrication of the tree as a graphic corten steel metal panel facade system with a perforated copper sheet to allow for natural lighting.

Other than its natural weathering properties, the corten steel panels have low solar reflectivity and ability to withstand temperatures of 200-400 D Fahrenheit.

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physical model

Comprehensive Design Documentation Set

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Third Street is also a comprehensive project done during the Fifth Year of USC's School of Architecture Studio Course. To supplement this, a link to the Comprehensive Design Documentation can be found on the left side and can be shown through ISUU.

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