Children's Institute Inc.
Koning Eizenberg Architecture
Los Angeles, CA
Children's Insitute, Inc. Otis Booth CampusEdit profile
The adaptive reuse of three industrial buildings created the headquarters for a non-profit organization that assists children and families exposed to violence. The campus is split by an alley withthe north site focusing on preschool and early childhood services and the south site anchored around a community center offering educational programs (art, technology, nutrition, and after-school) as well as counseling services. Therapy rooms are dispersed around community spaces to make visits an everyday, rather than clinical, experience. These innovative strategies deinstitutionalize the services’ traditional delivery and build trust in a neighborhood in need of both counseling and community programs.
A key part of the process was re-thinking program organization to reveal opportunities for creative and collaborative community engagement. On a tight budget ($10.5 million), the design provides required amenities that also add a sense of identity and welcome. At the preschool a needed elevator was added and clad to create a community marker. On the south site, the community center’s west-facing entry
elevation is the only source of daylight for the building. Shade for the harsh exposure was achieved by reconfiguring a loading dock canopy into a vine-covered arbor that also defines an outdoor garden
patio running the length of the building—a respite in a dense urban setting. Inside, a “curiosity box” backdrops the lobby, wrapping the technology center with images. The graphics, featuring the neighborhood and origami instructions, provide conversation starters for staff introducing children to a new environment.
The project is slated for LEED silver achieved substantially through renovation (95% reuse) of a brownfield site, increased daylighting and passive shading, introduction of planting and permeable surfaces, and efficient HVAC systems and lighting.2121 West Temple Street