client:  art center college of design

 

type:  educational

 

location:  pasadena, ca

 

size:  7,000 sq ft

 

status:  built

 

team:  darin johnstone with sandra hutchings, rob ettenger, matt liese, howard chen

 

consultants:  john a. martin and associates, kaplan gehring mccarrol architectural lighting, waveguide consulting inc.

 

project manager:  gkk works

 

general contractor:  halsted construction

 

photo credit:  © Lawrence Anderson Photography, Inc

 

darin johnstone architects

The primary challenge was to create a spatial identity for this contemporary department in the iconic Craig Ellwood building constructed for the school in 1976. The building, considered by some to be Ellwood’s best non-residential work, is a study in Miesian high modernism. While the exterior, the structural system, the underlying order and especially the bridge are extraordinary, some of the building interiors clearly deviated from the driving concepts of flexibility, transparency and openness. Our approach coined ‘even less is more’ was to work to understand and accentuate (through reduction) the ordering system and the building proportions. We worked diligently to exploit latent building qualities through light, transparency, reflectivity and contrast.

ArtCenter

Environmental Design

January 2017

Photo Credit: Joshua White/JWPictures.com & ArtCenter College of Design

client:  art center college of design

 

type:  educational

 

location:  pasadena, ca

 

size:  7,000 sq ft

 

status:  built

 

team:  darin johnstone with sandra hutchings, rob ettenger, matt liese, howard chen

 

consultants:  john a. martin and associates, kaplan gehring mccarrol architectural lighting, waveguide consulting inc.

 

project manager:  gkk works

 

general contractor:  halsted construction

 

photo credit:  © Lawrence Anderson Photography, Inc

 

darin johnstone architects

The primary challenge was to create a spatial identity for this contemporary department in the iconic Craig Ellwood building constructed for the school in 1976. The building, considered by some to be Ellwood’s best non-residential work, is a study in Miesian high modernism. While the exterior, the structural system, the underlying order and especially the bridge are extraordinary, some of the building interiors clearly deviated from the driving concepts of flexibility, transparency and openness. Our approach coined ‘even less is more’ was to work to understand and accentuate (through reduction) the ordering system and the building proportions. We worked diligently to exploit latent building qualities through light, transparency, reflectivity and contrast.

ArtCenter

Environmental Design

January 2017

Photo Credit: Joshua White/JWPictures.com & ArtCenter College of Design