MadArt Studio

Academic and Cultural

Mad Art Interior Lobby and conference room

ARCHITECT: Graham Baba Architects



SCHEDULE: 3 weeks

SIZE: 3,240 sf

The historic structure, originally a car dealership built in 1927, was stripped back to its bones, yielding an art-making space that is open to the neighborhood and encourages engagement between artists and pedestrians. Full-height, sliding wood windows along Westlake Avenue reveal the art-making process and invite people in. Building upgrades include seismic steel moment frames, a new roof, and enhanced mechanical and electrical systems. A mezzanine, inserted between two of the large Howe trusses in the old building, is day lit by a large, 13 ft x 15 ft skylight, which opens up views from the street to the apartments above and provides office space for MadArt.

Mad Art Interior Office Hallway
Mad Art Interior Staircase and Conference Room
Mad Art Exterior Roof top