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2010 INSTITUTE HONOR AWARDS FOR INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE RECIPIENT

Architecture

 

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Interior Architecture

 

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Regional & Urban Design

CHANEL Robertson Boulevard


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Notes of Interest

The monolithic white plaster façade above the entry references Chelsea galleries as do the clean, spare finishes within. Zoning restrictions dictated preservation of an existing building, which was stripped down to the bare wood frame.

Through the open street façade a gently rising promenade passes through three distinct “zones” to a semi obscured stair hinting at continued exploration above. The entrance, with its high glossy black and white barrisol ceilings, corresponding black and white polished stone floors and stage lighting, is exuberantly theatrical. Next, a series of lighted coves running up one wall, across the ceiling, and down the opposite wall orients the customer to the courtyard and the Southern California light.

The U-shaped first floor is organized around an exterior courtyard with a plaster façade punctured by 17 uniformly sized openings. The unifying courtyard is present in each ‘room’, but always freshly orientated in both plan and section.

Architect

Peter Marino Architect

Owner

CHANEL

Location

Los Angeles

ADDITIONAL CREDITS

Engineer

Murphy Burr Curry
Rosini Engineering

   

General Contractor

Dickinson Cameron Construction.

   

Photo Credit

© Paul Warchol Photography


JURY COMMENTS

What great restraint—
elegantly understated; the
content is beautifully
executed.

The Chanel line is
interpreted well with the use
of black, white, and texture
in the details.

It is a great contribution to
its neighbors—a very subtle
intervention—with a nice
progression of sequences
from the public nature of
street into the heart of the
building and through to the
grounded, serene courtyard.


2010 INSTITUTE HONOR AWARDS FOR INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE JURY


Daniel H. Wheeler, FAIA (Chair)
Wheeler Kearns Architects, Inc.
Chicago

David H. Hart, FAIA
Utah Capitol Preservation Board
Salt Lake City

Audrey A. Matlock, AIA
Audrey Matlock, Architect
New York City

Audrey Stokes O'Hagan, AIA
Audrey O’Hagan Architect
Newton, Massachusetts

Clive R. Wilkinson, AIA, RIBA
Clive Wilkinson Architects
West Hollywood, California

 

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