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Blum & Poe 2009

The new complex for Blum & Poe is one of the largest contemporary art galleries in Los Angeles, occupying a total of 21,000 SF with 19,000 SF private outdoor space. It combines all of the gallery's needs, from exhibition spaces to administration and storage, under one roof. The various programmatic elements are arranged in interlocking spatial blocks, which extend across the entire building, from La Cienega Boulevard on one side to the private garden on the other side. The raw aesthetic qualities of the exterior, where massive concrete frames surround new openings and newly poured concrete panels infill abandoned openings in the original block wall, contrast with the refined museum-like spaces of the interior.