view from street

view from street

aerial from north

aerial from north

VCPATC-Exterior-S1-MainFacade combo

courtyard event space - open & closed

main lobby & event space

main lobby & event space

black box

black box

recital hall

recital hall

level 2 lightwell

level 2 lightwell

preliminary sketches

preliminary sketches

site sections

site plan and sections

ground level plan

ground level plan

level 2 plan

level 2 plan

building sections

building sections

exterior elevations

exterior elevations

program stacking diagram

program stacking diagram

solar path study

solar path study

solar study

solar study

concept diagrams

concept diagrams

LACCD Southwest College Visual & Performing Arts Center

Los Angeles, CA

This project was an invited design competition for a new Visual and Performing Arts Center for the Los Angeles Community College at Southwest College.  It was designed to the highest standards of sustainable design, with an intended LEED Platinum rating.  A significant challenge was the location of two diagonal earthquake faults across the site, which led to the unique design solution of lifting the main portion of the building onto a base that conforms to the fault lines. 

Programmatically, the project includes a Black Box Theater, Recital Hall, spaces for the Music, Arts, and Film Departments, a Student Success Center, General Classrooms, and Administrative spaces.  The design features a large public plaza at the entry for outdoor performances, with a large operable door to the Black Box. 

*While Design Principal with HMC Architects

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Kevin O'Brien Architect | Los Angeles | Pasadena | La Canada Flintridge | California

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