Los Angeles is about to get a spate of new cultural spaces, including one designed by Edwin Chan, who, after more than 25 years working with Frank Gehry (most recently as a design partner) left last year to start his own firm, EC3. One of Chan’s first post-Gehry projects is Chalet Hollywood, a kind of artists’ salon that is expected to open this fall and close after a year of operation.
Unlike the Guggenheim Bilbao, Gehry’s sprawling metal masterwork for which Chan was project designer, Chalet Hollywood is a small space outfitted mostly in wood, to suggest an alpine lodge, and reached through the back door of an existing gallery called LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions) on Hollywood Boulevard. Chan is collaborating with the artist Piero Golia on the new space, which will operate as a private members’ club, open at night. The project received a grant from Chicago’s Graham Foundation and will be, according to the foundation’s website, a descendent of Gertrude Stein’s Paris apartment and Andy Warhol’s Factory.