Ahmanson Founders Room / Belzberg Architects

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Architect: Belzberg Architects
Location: 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, California 90012,
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
Project Area: 2,500 sqf
Project Year: 2006
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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. 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. 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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Client: Music Center
President: Stephen Rountree
Vice President of Operations: Howard Sherman
Chief Engineer: Keith McTague
Structural Consultant: Gordon L. Polon Consulting Engineers
Mechanical Consultant: John Dorius & Associates
Electrical Consultant: A&F Consulting Engineers
Plumbing Consultant: Tom Nasrollahi & Associates
General Contractor: SAS Construction
Furniture: Classic Design
Furniture Creations: Spectrum Oak 
Special Fabrication: Spectrum Oak

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Cite: "Ahmanson Founders Room / Belzberg Architects" 26 Aug 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 30 May 2015. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=162704>
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