Inner City Arts


Los Angeles, CA


Inner City School of Arts


Michael Maltzan Architecture

Project Size

47,382 SF


2010 | AIA California Council Honor Award

2009 | Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design, American Architecture Award

2009 | LA Downtown News Downtowner of Distinction Award

2009 | AIA LA Design Honor Award

The completion of Phase II allows Inner City Arts to serve over 10,000 at-risk youth from Los Angeles public schools each year. This one-acre campus built in multiple phases was conceived as a contemporary open air village of stucco, concrete, paint and glass connected by a landscape of palm trees, native plants and rocks. Phase II added a new Visual Arts Building housing a larger studio space for dance, drama and music classes, a kitchen, a wood shop and animation studios. The project consisted of the complete structural rehabilitation of a single-story masonry building with a rooftop parking deck. This new facility doubled the program space of the campus and was constructed while school was underway.