L&M Arts
wHY Architecture

February 14, 2011 /

Venice, California, USA

Photo: Iwan BaanL&M Arts is a commercial art gallery conceived as pavilions in the garden. The entire site is a venue for art with sculpture installed throughout the site, both indoors and out.

The gallery is situated right on the South side of Venice Boulevard, the main thoroughfare towards Venice beach and the Pacific Ocean just several blocks to the west. It was designed both for visitors inside the gallery spaces as well as for residents and visitors from outside.

Photo: Iwan Baan
The gallery consists of 3 pavilions - 2 galleries and one office area, arranged loosely amidst open garden space. The first gallery is renovated and repurposed from the old 1929's Southern Edison power station that used to serve the citizens of Venice from 1920's up to 1980's. The utilitarian concrete structure with exterior brick walls was enhanced with seismic upgrades, museum-level mechanical systems along with improved natural light with skylights and windows.

Photo: Iwan Baan
Photo: Iwan Baan
The second gallery pavilion is designed with diamond-shape plan for optimizing the gallery space within the odd triangular shape land plot as well as to add dynamic spatial relationship to the old building and Venice Boulevard. The building is finished with recycled bricks, salvaged from downtown Los Angeles building remains, with exposed timber-structure roof fitted with central glass pyramid skylight.

Photo: Iwan Baan
Photo: Iwan Baan
Photo: Iwan Baan
Photo: Iwan Baan
Photo: Iwan Baan
The office-reception area is designed like a bridge, linking the 2 galleries together, and is arguably "Japanese" in its compact space-planning efficiency. The wing contains office rooms, private viewing room and a preparator's area.

Photo: Iwan Baan
For the inaugural exhibition L&M showed new large-scale sculptures by Paul McCarthy, as well as the latest pieces from his Hummel series.
"L&M Arts is designed as a place for art and nature, interior as well as exterior, where a sense of place of Venice deepens the appreciation of the art experience."
Kulapat Yantrasast

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Site location

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Drawing courtesy WHY Architecture
Section First Gallery

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Section Second Gallery

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Section Office Reception Bridge

Facts about L&M Arts

Site area:

13,100 ft2
Building area: 3,600 ft2
Total floor area: 3,600 gross ft2

WHY Architecture

Principal in Charge:

Kulapat Yantrasast

WHY Partners:

Yo Hakomori
Richard Stoner

Project Architect: 

Megan Lin

Project Team:

Jeanette Fabry
Bob Dornberger

Structural Engineer:

John Labib + Associates

Mechanical Engineer:

John Doruis + Associates

Electrical Engineer:

Shams Engineering Group


Civil Engineer:
VCA Engineers

General Contractor:

RJC Builders

Photographed by Iwan Baan


L&M Arts

Last updated: December 19, 2013

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