David Hertz Architects FAIA & The Studio of Environmental Architecture

Bergamot Art Center


bergamot arts center

This proposal maintains the existing character of Bergamot Art Center while adding significant new programmatic elements to create a holistic campus of buildings. All but a portion of the back of one building would be maintained to preserve the fragile ecology of existing tenants. The museum building is an iconic sculptural object that signifies this cultural hub from the street and Metro Expo Line. The design makes art on the interior visible to passersby outside.

A hotel is located at the center of the property so that constant activity occurs at the campus’s epicenter. The heights of all of the buildings are terraced and stepped towards the hotel, so that the tallest structure is also furthest from the perimeter. Creative offices are placed at both ends of the Art Center and work as book ends to provide active use and perimeter parking adjacency. They adhere to the vernacular of the existing factory aesthetic through metal materiality and roof forms. Automated robotic parking economically provides space for over 600 cars while allowing bigger and safer pedestrian spaces.

Project Details

Year: 2014 (unbuilt)
Location: Santa Monica, CA
Typology: mixed use
Program: transit center, museum, hotel, office, parking
Sustainable Features:
  • re-used materials from construction and demolition
  • photovoltaic panels
  • stormwater capture
  • natural light
  • passive ventilation
Design Team: Michael Maltzan Architecture, Hornberger + Worstell, Rebar Group, Sussman-Prejza,
Finance Team: Westport Capital Partners, Mission Capital
Construction Team: Morley Builders
Cultural Team: Imprint Projects,
Lord Cultural Resources, Merry Norris Contemporary Art