Project type: Museum
Location: Hermosa Beach, CA, U.S.A.
The task of this project was the transformation of the historic Bijou Theater in Hermosa Beach into Gallery and a non- profit Museum. The project was searching for new strategies and scenarios for the display and reading of contemporary art through leveraging contrasting programmatic elements and issues of site and context. The dichotomy of contemporary art and historic building, the white box and the historic decorations, as well as the need for flexibility and compatibility were driving forces for the design. How can the white, non-specific background of a gallery coexist with the historic, specific context of the theater?
The project responds to this question with the design of large mobile elements that allow the creation of different zones and backgrounds for art: large moveable blocks that fit into openings in an arcade, a curved wall that can rotate 360° and blend into the wall and 12’ high glass walls that can slide along tracks or swivel open and closed.