Arts Building Progress Report
Brooks + Scarpa Architecture teaming with Center, City on Arts Education Expansion
The Art and Culture Center/Hollywood, in partnership with the City of Hollywood, is currently engaged in the development phase for the construction of a new arts education building next to the Kagey Home facility at 1650 Harrison Street in downtown Hollywood. Funded in part through the General Obligation Bond approved by Hollywood voters in 2019, the 5,400-square-foot education space is being designed to house classrooms for dance, music, visual arts and new media, and will include an outdoor courtyard.
For this GO-Bond project, the City has contracted with the award-winning architecture firm Brooks + Scarpa, which has offices in Fort Lauderdale and Los Angeles. In recent weeks, Brooks + Scarpa architects have participated in a series of meetings with Center leaders and the City’s Design and Construction Management team to create a conceptual design for the facility.
In its vision statement for the expansion, Brooks + Scarpa writes, “More than just a building, it should be a civic place for social interaction, bringing people closer to art and each other, providing opportunities for new, immersive art experiences.”
The arts education building will connect to the west side of the Kagey Home, creating a modern link to the two-story, circa-1924 Spanish Mediterranean facade of the Center’s contemporary galleries and administrative offices. The facilities expansion will add:
- Dance/Drama Studio that can also host yoga, live performance, and artist talks
- Visual Arts classroom equipped with sinks and cabinetry
- Distance Learning broadcast and video/music recording capability
- Music classroom with acoustic panels
- Outdoor Courtyard/Art Garden
- Lobby that connects to the Kagey facility
This is the first project in the City’s plan to modernize and increase capacity for arts programming at the 1.2-acre Art and Culture Center/Hollywood site. Future expansion on the east side of the Kagey Home will include construction of a new performing arts studio and the renovation of current gallery spaces.
Brooks + Scarpa added, “We are excited about the opportunity to establish a new, sustainable icon for the City of Hollywood, creating a place that merges art, architecture and people, telling the story of Hollywood’s and the region’s rich and diverse communities.”
About Brooks + Scarpa
Brooks + Scarpa is a collective of architects, designers and creative thinkers dedicated to enhancing the human experience. The firm was honored with the 2014 Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award and the American Institute of Architects National Firm Award. It is a multi-disciplinary practice that includes architecture, landscape architecture, planning, environmental design, materials research, and graphic, furniture and interior design services that produce innovative and sustainable iconic buildings and urban environments. Arts and cultural projects include the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, Portland Museum of Art, Mennello Museum of American Art in Orlando, and Pembroke Pines Pavillion, among others. Brooks + Scarpa was named the seventh-ranked Overall Top Architecture Firm in the U.S. by Architect Magazine and 333rd worldwide by Design Intelligence.
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