The Feldman-Horn Center for the Arts incorporates the Harvard Westlake School’s art and cultural programs that were formerly spread vertically over its canyon-side site in a series of makeshift spaces, into a central, integrated facility. The Center is part of an expansion plan for the school that creates a nexus for teaching and interaction between students and professionals by constructing physical and programmatic links to the school’s most significant building, a historic chapel.
CONNECTING PROGRAM, CONTEXT, & COMMUNITY
The Center is less a specific destination, but more a threshold, a transitional space for interaction and movement. Given the complexity of the existing topography, diverse program, campus circulation, and context, a more traditional campus model was inappropriate. Instead, the Center’s spatial organization is defined by movement through, rather than the occupation of, space; creating a more open, resonant system that supports connections beyond its edges and allows flexibility for the integration of future developments.
A PARALLEL TO A HISTORIC CONTEXT
This armature for movement uses the new tower as a significant ordering and orienting device. A series of links to the surrounding buildings and landscape is created through formal and metaphoric connections. From the Center’s entry, the buildings create a series of portals and gateways that engage visitors and draw them into the more open space of the expansive public courtyard at the Center’s heart. The Center’s tower is a modern counterpoint to the campus’ chapel. The twinned forms of the tower and the chapel extending above the courtyard, become a visual link between the Feldman-Horn Center, the canyon landscape, and the campus as a whole.
LOCATION / North Hollywood, California
TYPE / School for the Arts
SIZE / 23,800sf
STATUS / Completed 1998
ROLE / Design Architect and Architect of Record
COST / $5.5 million
AWARDS / AIA Los Angeles Distinguished Building Citation, 1998