After years away, hometown starchitect Frank Gehry is returning to Los Angeles big-time—in Santa Monica, Downtown, the Miracle Mile, and now a biggie in Watts. That's huge news for a neighborhood that doesn't see a lot of development at all, yet alone starchitecture. Gehry is donating his services to the Children's Institute, Inc., a century-old nonprofit that provides services for children who have been abused or neglected; he'll design a new, permanent, two-acre campus on the site of their existing interim facility near 103rd Street and Compton Avenue, which CII hopes "will be a beacon of hope in the surrounding landscape, providing a safe, welcoming community hub for residents of the area."
The new campus will include "rooms for individual and group counseling, indoor and outdoor spaces for afterschool activities, youth development, early childhood education and childcare, as well as expanded areas for family support services and classes" to help CII expand its services to about 5,000 more families, according to a press release. Inglewood-based (fer) Studio will work with Gehry as the executive architect on the project and fundraising has already begun with several major donations.
· BREAKING NEWS: Children's Institute Announces Partnership With Frank Gehry To Design New Campus in Watts [CII]