Structure Type: built works - public buildings - schools - campuses

Designers: Maltzan, Michael, Architecture (firm); Marmol Radziner Associates Architecture + Construction (firm); Power, Nancy Goslee, Landscape Design (firm); Michael Maltzan (architect); Leonardo Marmol (architect); Nancy Goslee Power (landscape designer); Ronald Radziner (architect)

Dates: constructed 1993-2008

2 stories

720 Kohler Street
Los Angeles, CA 90021

OpenStreetMap (new tab)
Google Map (new tab)
click to view google map
Google Streetview (new tab)
click to view google map

Located in the "Skid Row" area of Los Angeles, the Inner City Arts campus provides arts instruction to school-age children living in underprivileged sections of Los Angeles, CA. Over 15 years, it has been built in three phases. Los Angeles architect Michael Maltzan undertook Phase I with the Los Angeles architectural firm of Marmol Radziner. Design and construction began in 1993 and finished in 1995. The design team undertook the renovation of an existing auto body garage into classrooms and studio. A ceramics classroom occupied a tower room. Barriers to the interior courtyard were removed, creating an indoor-outdoor setting. Phase II, finished in 2005, included the addition of increased studio spaces, a kitchen, a woodworking shop and studios for computer animation. Maltzan completed Phase III in Autumn 2008; this consisted of the construction of a black box theatre, a building for administrative offices and meeting spaces, a new ceramics studio (in a second tower), a sheltered kiln yard, and a library/student research commons. The third phase enabled the doubling of student and teacher capacity. In 2013, 30,000 students per year were served at Inner City Arts.

Maltzan won a Rudy Bruner Foundation Gold Medal for Urban Excellence for Inner City Arts, Los Angeles, CA, in 2009. He won this award with the arts center's landscape garden designer Nancy Goslee Power and Associates.

PCAD id: 18699