With a goal to create a dense yet open work environment inexpensively within the venerable Walt Disney Concert Hall in Downtown Los Angeles, colors and finish materials were employed to tailor a fresh and professional home for the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association Offices.
Originally meant for housing mechanical systems for the concert hall, the two floors now housing the Philharmonic Association offices became available due to alternative mechanical delivery opportunities.
With a fast-track design and construction schedule, design conversation with the Owner was initiated and expedited by two lesser-known Rothko paintings with a color palette befitting the spirit of the LA Phil community.
The office color palette transitioned from the richly colorful Disney Hall and organized all the finish materials, including recycled wood fiber, light transmitting resin honeycomb panels, and graphic printed glass.
In the Board Room — riffing off the namesake traditional wood-paneled space — stock color plywood panels were routed in an abstract pattern evoking landscape line forms.
Years later, the Philharmonic Association commissioned Chu ¬ Gooding to lead an expansion of the upper floor and elevator lobby for two conference rooms, replace the security desk, renovate the interior stair, and provide additional offices and workstations. Since then, Chu ¬ Gooding has also served as Architect on two renovation projects at the iconic Hollywood Bowl concert venue in collaboration with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association.