In the lead up to the holidays, public radio listeners in Southern California couldn’t help but tune in for some architecture news as KCRW DJs plugged the capital campaign for their new building designed by Clive Wilkinson Architects. The firm was awarded the Santa Monica commission in 2008, beating out Gensler, HLW, Morphosis, and CO Architects in the competition.
The three-story, 35,000-square-foot KCRW Media Center has a price tag of $48 million with extra funding needed to fit out the studios and offices of public radio station and NPR affiliate.
As part of Santa Monica College’s expanded Media and Technology campus, the new building replaces KCRW’s cramped basement office with state-of-the-art studios and performance spaces, including the 18,000-square foot Wallis Annenberg Plaza Courtyard and Outdoor Stage and a 180-capacity auditorium for community events. Santa Monica College’s new entertainment and technology campus will also include new teaching facilities, TV and production studios, and a new parking garage.
KCRW staff is scheduled to move into the new building later in 2016. In the meantime, check out the construction time lapse.