October 19 – December 2, 2012
SCI-Arc Library Gallery
Exhibition Opening: Friday, October 19, 7pm
Discussion: Friday, November 2, 7pm
350 Merrick Street
Exhibition discussion with Marcelo Spina, Elena Manferdini, Ramiro Diaz-Granados, Tom Wiscombe and SCI-Arc Director Eric Owen Moss
The Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) is pleased to present the SCI-Arc Graduation Pavilion Competition exhibition opening Friday, October 19 at SCI-Arc. The Library Gallery installation documents the design entries by four faculty members participating in the Graduation Pavilion competition to select an innovative, technically implementable and visually remarkable design for a new outdoor pavilion. Funded by a generous grant from ArtPlace, the pavilion will be located in the SCI-Arc parking lot in downtown Los Angeles, and is set to be completed spring 2013.
SCI-Arc invited faculty members Ramiro Diaz-Granados, Elena Manferdini, Marcelo Spina and Tom Wiscombe to submit design concepts for a 1,200-seat outdoor pavilion that would accommodate graduation ceremonies, lectures, symposia and outreach cultural events with the neighboring Arts District community. The winning entry, League of Shadows, designed by Marcelo Spina and Georgina Huljich of PATTERNS, fully exploits the fundamental aspect underlying the pavilion, its temporal use as an outdoor event space. Their proposal to design a vaulted pavilion allows the structure a double function: that of an outdoor public event space, and a more iconic one of a formal beacon reasserting SCI-Arc’s institutional presence in downtown. Due to its placement in the SCI-Arc parking lot, the pavilion will serve as a landmark, a natural marquee of the SCI-Arc campus and the Arts District, and it will become a suitable venue for SCI-Arc to engage outside audiences from the downtown community and the larger Los Angeles area.