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Johnston MarkLee

UCLA Margo Leavin Graduate Art Studios . Culver City

Johnston MarkLee . photos: © Iwan Baan

The design of the UCLA Margo Leavin Graduate Art Studios brings together a community of students and faculty in a space that considers the nature of artistic practice today and anticipates future needs. Inspired by the concept of the urban plan with an orchestrated mix of community spaces and private, domestically scaled neighborhoods of studios, the 48,000 sqft building creates a cohesive space unifying old and new structures to support the full range of activities of the department. The design team integrated feedback from engagement with students and faculty in the design process, resulting in an openness throughout the building that provides a casual, undetermined quality to the spaces: a blank canvas for artists to create. Continue reading Johnston MarkLee

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Johnston Marklee

Casa de Mont . Los Angeles

Johnston Marklee and Associates . Studio Shamshiri (interiors)

Located on a prominent ridge along a canyon in Pacific Palisades, California, Casa de Mont sits on a parcel oriented toward the south, with open views toward the ocean to the southwest. The sweeping profile of the house is achieved from splitting a single mass into 2 curved volumes – a response to the topography of the canyon and the street. Continue reading Johnston Marklee

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Christ & Gantenbein . Johnston Marklee

Kunstmuseum Main Building Renovation . Basel

Christ & Gantenbein . Johnston Marklee

Christ & Gantenbein and Johnston Marklee, involved in museography and interior design, won an international competition to update and renovate one of the most recognized museums of its kind: The Hauptbau, the main building of the Kunstmuseum Basel, built in 1936. Today, it requires upgrades that include improvements to the building envelope, interiors, and technical infrastructure, and, as proposed by the architects and its partners, a subtle increase in spatial porosity and ground floor reprogramming.
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