Following the earlier report on the Grammy Museum, which had its press preview today, here's Part II: One of the criticisms we've heard from local architects about entertainment district LA Live is that it doesn't consider the human scale, ie, there are parts of the project that look like a gray fortress. So given the setting, what's it like to design a museum at LA Live? Because the building was basically just handed over--as is-- to Grammy Museum officials by LA Live developer AEG, the only real design choices were small infrastructure decisions, says Jeremy Regenbogen, creative director at San Francisco-based Gallagher & Associates, who helped design the museum. (Design firm RTKL did all of the LA Live campus, including the exteriors of the museum building.) Small, enclosed spaces in the museum help visitors feel "protected from the outside world," while the ground floor is simply intended as a "pacing device" in getting people upstairs, says Regenbogen (he's pictured in the gallery).
In terms of music, which can be heard throughout the museum, the volume levels will be monitored (staffers can use remote controls) so as not to overwhelm visitors. As far as the budget, the museum cost $34 million, a tiny amount (all of LA Live cost $2.5 billion). Meanwhile, the Grammy Museum (which originally had been considered for other cities, including New Orleans), is smaller than competitors like Seattle's Experience Music Project or Nashville's Country Music Hall of Fame (incidentally, those museums are lending items to the Grammy Museum). But back to design: In terms of museums, "it's fairly typical in terms of layout," Regenbogen says of the Grammy Museum.
More photos--taken over the weekend--of LA Live are in the gallery