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Ahmanson Founders Room / Belzberg Architects

  • Architects: Belzberg Architects
  • Location: 135 North Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA
  • Architect: Belzberg Architects
  • Project Team: Hagy Belzberg, Principal; David Cheung, Project Manager; Barry Gartin, Bill Bowen, Brock DeSmit, Carina Bien-WIllner, Dan Rentsch, Eric Stimmel, Justin Brechtel, Warren Bradley Lang
  • Vice President Of Operations: Howard Sherman
  • Chief Engineer: Keith McTague
  • Structural Consultant: Gordon L. Polon Consulting Engineers
  • Mechanical Consultant: John Dorius & Associates
  • Furniture: Classic Design
  • Electrical Consultant: A&F Consulting Engineers
  • Plumbing Consultant: Tom Nasrollahi & Associates
  • Client: Music Center
  • General Contractor: SAS Construction
  • Special Fabrication: Spectrum Oak
  • Area: 2500.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2006
  • Photographs: Fotoworks

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From the architect. The Ahmanson Founders Room is a 2,500 sqf addition buried in the first level of subterranean parking at The Music Center in downtown Los Angeles. The sunken location of the room coupled with an almost clandestine preoccupation of exclusivity by the founders helped orient the design objectives. 

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Belzberg Architects pursued the development of sensual lighting schemes and unique applications of material and texture to create a warm place of respite between the congested streets of L.A. and the brimming communal areas of The Music Center on event night.

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The materials used for the ceiling and walls were actually low-grade douglas fir lumber and medium density fiberboard. However, sculpting the ceiling panels and perforating the wall panels with supple patterns and textures transformed low-grade into classy with stunning visual effects and a colorful saturation of the space. 

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The character and unique components of this room have become an entity for which the Ahmanson Theatre founders can identify with and claim as their own.

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