414 Major Building Design Studio

Kevin Daly, Lecturer; Mark Mack, Professor; Craig Hodgetts, Professor;
Kivi Sotamaa, Adjunct Associate Professor
Course: Major Buidling Design Studio

In a bid to further consolidate the elements of its campus, 
the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) has engaged Peter Zumthor to prepare a master plan and to propose a
new building.
Sameness, apparent similarity and difference will be examined across the studio as four instructors employ practically identical programs on nearly identical sites to explore differences in
form, surface, structure and ADA compliance. Distinctions between sameness and difference are essential to principles of classification, creating orders of things, whether we are considering types of insects or building types. Each studio in 414 will employ a program similar in size and related in type, allowing for research into the fundamental requirements of the program to provide opportunity to examine differences that arise in the development of the projects over the quarter.
The studio used the LACMA campus as the site, including the parking area associated with the Paige Museum and the lot recently acquired by LACMA across Wilshire. Many of the existing museum buildings are being reconsidered as part of a master plan being developed by Peter Zumthor. In response, a range of programs will be considered across the studio, with each critic providing a narrative to differentiate a normative program.
Extra and Ordinary

Mark Mack, Professor

Course: 414.3, Major Building Design Studio
In this reiteration of the 414 studio students explore the idea
of a mixed used program in an extreme and elevated way. Working within the constraints of the new master plan and the adjacent LACMA properties this studio section will work with the proposal bringing together the quintessential aspects of a Los Angeles phenomena, the automobile and public space. This new addition to the LACMA complex takes on a general and specialized needs program.
A new mixed used building celebrating or questioning the reverse role of arrival to a cultural or commercial institution as practiced in Los Angeles and especially on Wilshire Blvd., where in 1929 Bullock's Wilshire, the first luxury department store in Los Angeles, catered to the burgeoning automobile culture. Thus creating the approach into a major building through the parking lot and therefore changing the European hegemony of urban space design forever.
The idea of parking and arrival is combined with the creation
of an artist in residence program, managed by LACMA. The basic program of a 500-car parking garage structure, with either conventional parking or mechanized parking, is therefor enhanced to include public semipublic and private programming. This design exercise attempts to hybridize certain ordinary functions, parking and its innovation, and allows continuous use of the facilities, artist in residence program.
The new program can be developed either as a free standing or integrated building spread over the site, taking opportunities of the existing and proposed master plan as a point of departure.
Students: James Currie, Ya Gao, Jia Gu, Brandon Harper, Ban Jung, Fuk Man Mui, Jeff Rauch, Catherine Wu, and David Yadkouri