I have worked with the Los Angeles College of Music for a number of years now, putting together classrooms, music labs and administrative spaces. When the college leased the historic Union Garage Building in Pasadena, the original intent was to fill the space with more classrooms and offices for the ever expanding institution. But the existing environment, with its exposed beams and brick walls, really cried out for something more dramatic. The section closest to the front entrance was turned into a performance space. The stage is used primarily at night so it also acts as a general meeting space during the day for the faculty and students. The admissions office is strategically placed near the front entrance and across from the stage. Prospective students enter the building and are immediately introduced to an inviting venue.
Since the space was to be used as a gathering area for both faculty and students during the day, dark leather sofas and durable custom case goods and tables were installed. In keeping with the dark atmospherics of a performance space, we aimed for a lounge look that would be functional during the day but also appropriate at night during performances. A custom designed lit sign was created for behind the stage. Likewise, a custom desk with filing drawers maximizes the space for the admissions office, while a large counter frames the reception area.