New to Downtown L.A.’s developing Gallery Row, John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects’ Main Street Parking + Motor Transport Division building for the Los Angeles Police Department sets a glowing standard for utilitarian civic architecture.
Part of the three-stage master plan for the Los Angeles Police Department Headquarters (2009), spearheaded by an AECOM/Roth + Sheppard joint venture in the city’s redeveloping Downtown, the Main Street Parking + Motor Transport Division is the kind of ancillary project that could sever a neighborhood by virtue of its sheer mass and typically unattractive aesthetic.
Making the most of a small footprint within a crowded, competitive shopping zone, architect Stephan Jaklitsch married textural layers of materiality with a creative lighting strategy to catch the eye of tony passersby, and to create a subtle yet unique visibility for the American fashion designer Marc Jacobs’s Tokyo flagship.
Admirers of the 1906 Morgan Library & Museum who felt that Renzo Piano’s 2006 expansion overshadowed the historic rooms of J. Pierpont Morgan’s former study and library — housed in an Italianate marble building designed by McKim, Mead & White principal Charles McKim — can banish pangs of resentment.
The K20 Art Collection in Düsseldorf is home of one of Germany’s most important contemporary art collections. When the State Chancellery of North Rhine-Westphalia decided to update and expand its original 1986 home two years ago, the administrators tapped the architects of the existing museum, the late Arne Jacobsen’s Copenhagen-based Dissing+Weitling. As they had to shutter the facility to execute the renovation and 21,528-square-foot addition, they also called upon the Bonn-based lighting design firm Licht Kunst Licht to overhaul the dated lighting system. With numerous museums in their portfolio, Licht Kunst Licht principal Andreas Schulz and lighting designer Alexander Rotsch
After more than 20 years at Vidal Sassoon, styling hair and managing operations in London and North America, Peter Bradley teamed with Sassoon colleague Dirk Diegel to launch an upscale establishment in Boston, where the German-born Diegel had been based for 14 years. Dubbed “a salon that transcends trends and celebrates individual beauty,” the pair’s two-year-old eponymous business makes its home on the second floor of a typical row house in the city’s tony Back Bay neighborhood. The spare yet comfortable space, designed by Studio Luz Architects, not only communicates the owners’ mission; it provides a well-lighted, functional arena for