Bergamot Art Center, Santa Monica
The overall concept is to maintain the existing character of Bergamot Art Center, while adding significant new programmatic elements that contribute to creating a campus of buildings, surrounded by inviting landscape spaces, that enhance the experience for the community of visitors and occupants, while providing for a reinvigorated world class Art.
Our schemes keep all but a portion of the back of one building, that being the least obvious and least desirable structure on the site this strategy creates the least disturbance to the fragile ecology of existing tenants.
In evaluating many options, it became apparent that the museum building become an iconic sculptural object that is front and center to address the city and abut the Expo transit station. The museum as turnstyle speaks publicly to the creative use that lies within Bergamot and draws interest while making the contents of the museum directly visible to the transit station and the passersby.
By locating the hotel to the geographic center of the property we activate the void that would otherwise be left as mostly un used open space while maintaining 24 hour uses at the epicenter. Locating the hotel at the center of the site, provides vehicular and parking adjacencies to the main entry off Michigan Ave. By terracing and stepping the heights of the buildings towards the center,the hotel becomes the tallest structure and furthest from the perimeter. The ground floor of the hotel activates the ground plane while creating a gallery like lobby area so it is not obvious as to it’s function, as distinguishable from the Arts uses.
The creative offices are placed at both ends of the Art Center and work as book ends to provide active use and perimeter parking adjacency. The structures use the vernacular of the existing factory Butler Building aesthetic with their materiality of corrugated metal siding and factory roof forms. Ideally the creative offices integrate into the fabric of the existing buildings. It would be our intent to re-purpose the existing materials and structure from the demolished portion of the existing building to construct the new portions of the creative offices.
Keeping the parking structure off site allows for the ground plane to be used for public open spaces The parking structure is proposed to be a shared public and private joint used structure on the city yards site. Keeping the parking structure to the same footprint as the City Yard Master Plan contemplates allows for a more realizable solution. Providing over 600 cars within the same building envelope is possible with state of the art automated robotic parking systems, which park cars more efficiently, economically and provides a safer and better pedestrian experience.
Locating the parking structure along Michigan Ave. gives opportunity to use the elevations to define the entry procession by providing for an interesting articulation of the facade with site specific dynamic changing public art installations as a wrapper.
Sustainability principles are embedded throughout all aspects of the proposal from the application of re-used materials from construction and demolition waste onsite, to a generous gesture of Photovoltaic solar energy production, rooftop. State of the art and best practices seek to capture 100% of storm water onsite through the use of green roofs for retention and delay, pervious ground materials, and bio swales for aquifer recharge to the Olympic Basin below. Existing buildings will be energy retrofitted for increased efficiencies with new buildings seeking the highest rated LEED standards possible. Extensive use of daylighting, natural ventilation, high recycled content natural local and non- toxic materials will be ubiquitous.
THE BERGAMOT COLLABORATIVE
Brad Korzen, KOR GROUP
Brian De Lowe, KOR GROUP
Greg Reitz, RETHINK DEVELOPMENT
Steve Edwards, RETHINK DEVELOPMENT
Gregory Geiger, WESTPORT CAPITAL PARTNERS LLC
Eric Clapp, WESTPORT CAPITAL PARTNERS LLC
Jordan Ray, MISSION CAPITAL
Michael Maltzan, MICHAEL MALTZAN ARCHITECTURE - Design Principal
David Hertz, DAVID HERTZ FAIA & THE STUDIO OF ENVIRONMENTAL ARCHITECTURE - Principal Architect
Mark Hornberger, HORNBERGER + WORSTELL - Design Principal
Katherine Spitz, HORNBERGER + WORSTELL - Principal
Sharn Ure, HORNBERGER + WORSTELL - Principal
John Bela, REBAR GROUP - Partner
Holly Hampton, SUSSMAN PREJZA - Principal/Project Manager
David A. Selina, MORLEY BUILDERS - Vice President
Anna C. Jacobson, MORLEY BUILDERS - Preconstruction Manager
Adam Katz, IMPRINT PROJECTS - President
Lindsay Martin, LORD CULTURAL RESOURCES - Principal Consultant
Merry Norris, MERRY NORRIS CONTEMPORARY ART - Principal Consultant