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UCLA needed to expand studio space for their Master of Fine Arts program, housed in a former wallpaper factory, but they wanted to retain the open, industrial spirit of the existing building. So, they renovated the original warehouse and built a new L-shaped addition surrounding it, adding artist studios, lab spaces, a gallery, classrooms and covered outdoor space. They restored the wood bowstring trusses in the original warehouse and then used pillowed concrete tilt-up walls and a curved wood vault roof for the new structure. Glulam was chosen to extend the character of the original wood trusses into the new addition; the unique vaulted configuration was adapted to reduce double curvature while maintaining large clear spans. The vaulted glulam roof structure is left exposed to space below; they even left the wood wall framing visible at the tops of the individual artist studio walls to provide visual tie-in. High ceilings, expansive spaces and natural light support the creative endeavors within, which include ceramics, painting and drawing, photography, sculpture and more. The project achieved LEED Gold certification.
Mass Timber, Hybrid (wood with steel or concrete)
Simpson Gumpertz & Heger
W.S. Klem Contractor