In collaboration with Junsuke Sato & Sarasvati Segura
Photo Credit: Joshua White
This is the winning competition entry for an outreach project between SCI-Arc and SunCal as a collaboration that focuses on the advancement and transformation of the DTLA Arts District. SunCal is one of the largest real estate development companies in the U.S. that specializes in large-scale, mixed-use master-planned
We were expected to design and fabricate a grand meeting table/collaborative work surface for the warehouse located at the 6th and Alameda street in the Arts District. The goal was to transform the warehouse to a flexible on-site meeting space for the developers, contractor, and architects and aslo a space to held public community hearings and meetings. This Project looks at the elements of color, materials, and novel form. The materials are light cardboard tubes (generally used for concerete forming) and acrylic, and the color pallete and graphics are based on the ubiquitous murals that populate Downtown Los Angeles.
Using multiple colors was one of the main requirement for the project. We took advantage of this opportunity by sampling the local colors used in the graffitis, posters, and installations around the Arts distric. Furthermore, in order to respect the history of the site, we created a pattern inspired by Navajo art which belongs to the Navajo tribe who were the first occupants of that area before industrialization.
It was at the first site visit that we realized that the previous occupant of the warehouse who were tenants there for over two decades was a company whose job was importing and exporting sea food from all over the world and the room was full of cardboard boxes stacked on top of each other all the way to the high ceiling. Since the objective was to keep the spirit of the space we decided to use cardboard tubes which are typically used for concrete forming and stack them on top of each other then cap them with colored acrylic caps. This combination of material (Cardboard vs. Acrylic - Old vs. New) also tries to highlight the juxtaposition of a new construction in an old neighborhood.
Also to improve the graphics we collaged some fish onto the Navajo pattern and extended it all the way to the floor to illustrate the shipping routes of the boxes to their destination all around the world.
View From 2nd Level
View From The Top
Cylinder Function Diagram
Table Configuration Diagram