Yesterday Santa Monica radio station KCRW broke ground on its new hub, which will bring it out of a basement at Santa Monica College andÂ into the architectural spotlight. The 35,000 square foot building, designed by Clive Wilkinson Architects, will be located on the college’s futureÂ Entertainment and Technology Campus, in the city’s creative business district, along theÂ Expo line. Wilkinson won the commission back in 2008, but the bold, colorful design has developed significantly since then.
Angelenos might soon see a â€œsilvery orbâ€ roving around their neighborhood. Donâ€™t worry, itâ€™s not an alien visitation, it is radio station KCRWâ€™s newest portable sound booth for Sonic Trace, a new media and radio series project that charts the Mexican and Central American immigrant experience in Los Angeles.Â After a few weeks of deliberation, KCRW chose California-based Mat-ter Design+ Build Studioâ€™sÂ La Burbuja as the winning entry. Translated as â€œthe bubble,â€ the design is a highly reflective orb that encloses its subjects in â€œa non-space that is elegant but not intrusive,â€ said Hugo Martinez, who co-founded the studio with Christin To.
The Urban Land Institute LAâ€™s inaugural LARC (Los Angeles Real Creativity) Awards was not your average design show. Mistress of ceremonies Frances Anderton, the host of KCRWâ€™s â€œDesign and Architecture,” set a light tone that discouraged back slapping and the stodgy speeches that often accompany such congratulatory musings.Â As dinner was served by Wolfgang Puck, guests seated at tables in the lobby of Wayne Ratkovichâ€™s recently renovated William Pereira building at 5900 Wilshire were treated to a crash course in some of LAâ€™s most innovative projects.Â And the winners were: Read More
Widely accepted as the greatest public radio station on the planet, KCRW is famous for its groundbreaking music played by DJs who are smarter, cooler and infinitely better dressers than you. But last week was a bitter one for LA as the station’s great Nic Harcourt hung up his headphones as music director. For those of you who are already missing Harcourt’s esoteric taste (sometimes a bit difficult to take at 9:03am even after a visit to Intelligensia), never fear: Thom Mayne has stepped into the booth.