Five months ago, the Santa Monica Museum of Art announced it was decamping from its longtime home at Bergamot Station to new digs in Downtown Los Angeles. The 32-year-old institution, now rechristened as the Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (or ICA LA), has revealed a conceptual design for its new home in the Arts District.
The 12,700-square-foot building, located at 1717 E. 7th Street, was originally built in 1948 as a garment manufacturing facility. Under the direction of wHY Architecture, it will be reorganized to include 7,000 square feet of exhibition space, a "kitchen-cafe," and a store. An early rendering depicts the nondescript one-story structure with a yellow paint job and a new entrance canopy.
A buildout of the space is expected to commence in November, with a targeted opening date of Fall 2017.
For more information, look to ICA LA's official website.
The museum arrives as the Arts District finds itself on the cusp of a transformation, best exemplified by Warner Music Group's decision to relocate its Southern California offices to the historic Ford Factory and a $2-billion development planned at 6th and Alameda Streets.