Showrooms, gallery, and event space promoting a local furniture and design district

The Los Angeles Design Center renovated two warehouses into a showroom and event space to revitalize a district and transform the area through good design. The 80,000-square-foot complex includes 20,000 feet of outdoor space and aims to spark economic growth that will directly impact local entrepreneurs, particularly the furniture designers and manufacturers who populate the surrounding district.

LA Design Center was the effort by two private citizens to give back to their local community through a major private investment despite the given level of risk involved in this project.

2007 Selection Committee

The effort was led by two private citizens deeply committed to improving their local community. Although they used simple materials in repurposing the warehouses, they were used to powerful effect. The design is distinctive and elegant, creating a strong sense of place, with flexible interior spaces allowing for a variety of uses.