In late June the Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Design announced that LA firm Oyler Wu Collaborative had won its LINER competition, to outfit the Forum’s newly acquired headquarters at 6520 Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles. The Forum’s roughly 1,000-square-foot storefront space and gallery, which they will occupy by early fall, will be located on the ground floor of Woodbury University’s Hollywood Center for Community Research and Design. Woodbury is loaning the Forum the area indefinitely.
Oyler Wu’s intervention, designed to accommodate the Forum’s public events, exhibitions, and day-to-day operations, was chosen from a list of 29 original entries and a three-firm short list that also included LA-based F-Lab and San Francisco-based Kuth Ranieri Architects. Oyler Wu will receive a $2500 prize.
Their $7,500 project, Pendulum Plane, which the firm describes as an “intricate ceiling system,” will consist of a series of sixteen 40 x 90-inch hinged and counterbalanced aluminum frames that can swivel into varied positions to accommodate different types of exhibitions, lectures, and other activities. Attached to the topmost walls of the new space along a central spine, the angular frames, said Oyler Wu principal Jenny Wu, can be lowered, raised, rotated, and moved from side to side. Hence they can be the center of attention, or they can easily be moved out of the way, added Wu. Design is already underway, and fabrication and installation will take place through the summer.
The Forum, which has been without its own space since its founding in 1987, will host an opening for their new headquarters in late summer or early fall, said its president, designer and writer Mohamed Sharif. Oyler Wu’s project is receiving engineering support from Buro Happold Consulting Engineers and patronage from facade systems manufacturer Swisspearl.