Center for the Arts
the Armory Center for the Arts in Los Angeles asked Victoria Casasco
and six other Californian design firms to participate in the Architecture
in Balance project, it assigned architect a separate space in the
Armory Center to redesign.
for the proposed alterations were displayed within the exhibit,
along with each architect’s recent works. Visitors were thus
able to compare the ‘design’ as a spatial and temporal
projection with the immediate experience of the gallery segment
that the design was referring to, and use it as the basis of evaluating
was asked to redesign the entrance to the Armory Center. Victoria
proposed to install a rubber floor to significantly change the acoustic
experience of the environment. In order to establish visual continuity
consistent with the acoustic change, the messy ceiling pipes were
to be covered with a suspended wooden laminate system. To introduce
daylight into the space, the studio proposed an installation of
new glass entry doors. Colors chosen for the installation were meant
to comment on the primary means of travel within Los Angeles, primarily
roadways and their stop and go traffic lights.
studio tried to approach the assignment in the tradition of magic
realism, by combining vivid color, lighting and non-visual (acoustic)
devices, to create an unusual re-interpretation of the existing
environment, without dis-configuring it beyond recognition.