ARCHITECTURE

The opening of the Los Angeles Design Center in 2004 signaled the completion of the first phase of a master plan. This plan included revitalizing one of the most geographically depressed areas in Los Angeles. The $1.2 million dollar renovation of the complex won numerous awards for it's design and raised the quality of the surrounding area. The risk involved in creating such a high end facility in South Los Angeles challenged Cisco and

architects John Friedman and Alice Kimm to give the center the kind of visual impact that would inspire change. The centerpiece, two brick warehouses surrounding a gated courtyard, were renovated into 80,000 square feet of stunning indoor/outdoor space. The light and modern architectural language strengthens the integrity of the existing structures, while the richly-textured palette of sustainable materials in varying shades of green, cladding of unpainted timber slats, steel grate fencing and cloth banners, enrich the building's public presence. A sliding security gate created from perforated steel sheets which join like interlocking fingers complete the exterior aesthetic.