Santa Monica College Center for Media and Design by Clive Wilkinson Architects: 2018 Best of Year Winner for Higher Education

PROJECT NAME Santa Monica College Center for Media and Design
LOCATION Los Angeles
FIRM Clive Wilkinson Architects
SQ. FT. 80,000 SQF

Way back in 2008, Interior Design’s visit to Hall of Fame member Clive Wilkinson’s studio revealed presentation boards for a massive hybrid project in the heart of Silicon Beach. Wilkinson was to renovate Santa Monica College’s building dedicated to entertainment technology, then expand that existing 50,000 square feet with a 30,000-square-foot wing. Nearby, a ground-up 36,000-square-foot building would house the beloved public radio station KCRW, licensed to the college. And the ever-present parking conundrum would be solved by a new seven-level garage. Perhaps best of all, the three buildings would encircle a courtyard with water features and a stage for campus events and live performances hosted by KCRW.

Santa Monica College Center for Media and Design by Clive Wilkinson Architects. Photography by Michael Moran.

Weaving inside and out, a ribbon of yellow ties the components together. Progression, in fact, is the concept behind the entire 3.5-acre satellite campus. “The architecture is a narrative showcasing the cycle from higher education to the professional world,” Wilkinson says.

Santa Monica College Center for Media and Design by Clive Wilkinson Architects. Photography by Michael Moran.

On the academic side, classrooms keep company with production and radio-broadcast suites, edit bays, computer rooms, collaboration spaces, and a screening room. Meanwhile, KCRW now has its first freestanding home in the station’s 73-year history. With open work spaces, viewing platforms, and an auditorium, the facility welcomes students embarking on real-world experience.

Santa Monica College Center for Media and Design by Clive Wilkinson Architects. Photography by Michael Moran.
Santa Monica College Center for Media and Design by Clive Wilkinson Architects. Photography by Michael Moran.
Santa Monica College Center for Media and Design by Clive Wilkinson Architects. Photography by Michael Moran.

Project Team: Brad Carpenter; John Meachem; Nicole Cannon; Benjamin Howell; Vernon Saxe; Mitsuhiro Komatsu; Yu-Ngok Lo; John Murphey; Ed Ogosta; Ben Loescher; Juan Guardado.

> See more Best of Year Project Winners from the December 2018 issue of Interior Design

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