MAK Gallery by Space International

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MAK gallery by Space Inernational

American architects Space International have completed this gallery cantilevered over a row of existing garages at the MAK Centre for Art & Architecture, Los Angeles.

MAK gallery by Space Inernational

Polycarbonate panels with an aluminium frame retract to create an open facade and afford views of the neighbouring 1939 Mackey Apartments designed by the late Rudolph Schindler.

MAK gallery by Space Inernational

The garages below have been renovated into studios for traveling artists and architects, who stay in the adjacent apartment block for six months at a time.

MAK gallery by Space Inernational

Photograph above by Space International Inc.

The 800 square-foot MAK gallery will also be used as dance floor, film theatre and dining room.

MAK gallery by Space Inernational

Photograph above by International Inc.

The exterior is finished with a dark industrial paint to contrast with the whitewashed walls of the apartment block.

MAK gallery by Space Inernational

All photographs by Stephen King unless stated otherwise. Photograph above by Space International Inc.

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Project Description:

Located at the rear of a standard residential lot, the MAK Gallery serves as a utilitarian exclamation to a very non-standard architectural property.

MAK gallery by Space Inernational

Photograph above by International Inc.

Operated by the MAK Center for Art & Architecture Los Angeles, artists and architects travel from around the world to stay in six month residencies in the main building, the Mackey Apartments, originally designed in 1939 by Rudolph Schindler, a Viennese emigre and early pioneer of the modernist landscape in Los Angeles.

MAK gallery by Space Inernational

Photograph above by International Inc.

The MAK Gallery project operates both conceptually and literally as a “black box” which is cantilevered on top of an existing garage structure which has been renovated to serve as studios for the visiting artists in residence.

MAK gallery by Space Inernational

A new 800 sf gallery hovers above these studios, creating a large, flexible gathering space serving a variety of functions.

MAK gallery by Space Inernational

A large multi-stacking sliding door system, constructed from aluminum frames and structured polycarbonate panels.

MAK gallery by Space Inernational

Photograph above by International Inc.

When open, these doors transform the interior space into an elevated outdoor room focusing on the main buildings rear facade, courtyard and roof terraces which are a prominent part of the original architectural strategy for the property.

MAK gallery by Space Inernational

Photograph above by International Inc.

To contrast with the pristine white plaster of the main building, the new building exterior is coated with a dark, spray applied fluid membrane know as “Wetsuit™” by Neptune Coatings.

Typically used in industrial applications, this raw material serves as both weatherproof enclosure and architectural finish, paying a contextual homage to Schindler’s earlier works where industrial materials and construction techniques were appropriated for a residential context.

MAK gallery by Space Inernational

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Together these new spaces add to the vision of the MAK Center’s social and artistic program.

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By allowing such flexible uses as gallery space, dining room, film theatre or dance floor, the new MAK Gallery continues the legacy of its architectural neighbor, by encouraging the cultural use of domestic spaces.

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Project Profile: MAK Gallery
Description: a flexible use building for the MAK Center for Art & Architecture Los Angeles
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Completion: June 2010
Size: 1900 sf (176 sqm)

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Sonstruction: Type V-B
Contractor: I.E. Construction - Ivan Ramirez, contractor
Consultants: Structural Engineer - Stephen Perloff
Energy - Alternative Energy Systems
Photography: Steve King Photography (images with “SKP” designation)

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Joshua White Photography (images with “JWP” designation)
All other images courtesy Space International Inc. (“SI”)
Architects: Space International Inc. - Michael Ferguson, principal; Kirby Smith, project architect
Client: MAK Center for Art & Architecture Los Angeles -
Peter Noever, director, MAK Vienna / Kimberli Meyer, director MAK Center Los Angeles


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  • el rad

    I like this project a lot – clean simple lines and an infill project. Well done.

    What is that black scultpure thing? It looks interesting…

  • zafar

    Very simple straight lines, rectangles with full glazed windows, simple colors but it’s made splendidly. RESPECT, I like it!!

  • edward

    Don’t like the black. White would have been better at minimizing the intrusion.

  • http://twitter.com/Dezeen @Dezeen

    Hi el rad,

    The sculpture in the foreground is by Viennese architects The Next ENTERprise.

  • http://the-fake-sartorialist.blogspot.com/ fakesartorialis

    Nice and simple and looks very well detailed. I would love to spend time in a place like this.

  • dee

    why is the toilet on the gallery floor? cant you put it somewhere else?

  • ricbou

    toilet on the gallery floor = evil???
    Please put the toilet far away in the backward…

  • Ketaki

    But it doesn’t look like a gallery. Its a kind of room with openable shutters.

  • nico

    @Ketaki so I ask you, what does a gallery look like?