client:    ArtCenter College of Design

 

type:    educational

 

location:    Pasadena, California

 

size:    2,400 sq ft

 

status:    built

 

team:    darin johnstone with sandra hutchings, rob ettenger, matt liese, jesus guerrero

 

consultants:    john a. martin and associates, luminesce design

 

project manager:    gkk works

 

general contractor:    halsted construction

 

photo credit:    joshua white / jwpictures.com

 

darin johnstone architects

ArtCenter

HMCT

November 2015

 

As the Digital Age continues to increase our interaction with screens, typography, which has always been a core element of graphic design, has become increasingly vital to our visual culture. Consequently, Art Center developed a plan to become a central and influential force in this burgeoning field by providing a dedicated space to advance the research, teaching and understanding of letter form design and typography. To that end, in 2015, the College founded the Hoffmitz Milken Center for Typography (HMCT) in memory of Professor Leah Hoffmitz Milken, a well-known typographer, letter form designer and esteemed Art Center faculty member. HMCT was designed to become home and a catalyst for the enhanced study of typography and letter form design.

Art Center College of Design

 

The program consists of gallery, workshops, archives, conference area, offices and support spaces. The project located in the modest footprint of the former print making studio in the 950 South Raymond Avenue building needed to function as forum, lab, research center and think-tank. The production and display of letter form across scales and mediums became the primary driver for the design organization along with formal operations deployed to create new visual connections and display opportunities.

Photo Credit: Joshua White/JWPictures.com

Photo Credit: Joshua White/JWPictures.com

client:  art center college of design

 

type:  educational

 

location:  pasadena, ca

 

size:  2,400 sq ft

 

status:  built

 

team:  darin johnstone with sandra hutchings, rob ettenger, matt liese, jesus guerrero

 

consultants:  john a. martin and associates, luminesce design

 

project manager:  gkk works

 

general contractor:  halsted construction

 

photo credit:  joshua white / jwpictures.com

 

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

HMCT

November 2015

client:  art center college of design

 

type:  educational

 

location:  pasadena, ca

 

size:  2,400 sq ft

 

status:  built

 

team:  darin johnstone with sandra hutchings, rob ettenger, matt liese, jesus guerrero

 

consultants:  john a. martin and associates, luminesce design

 

project manager:  gkk works

 

general contractor:  halsted construction

 

photo credit:  joshua white / jwpictures.com

 

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

HMCT

November 2015

Photo Credit: Joshua White/JWPictures.com