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SCI-ARC Gallery

SCI-ARC Gallery

  • Barbara Bestor, Barbara Bestor Architecture.

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    Barbara Bestor, Barbara Bestor Architecture.

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    Barbara Bestor, Barbara Bestor Architecture.

  • The SCI-Arc gallery is known for its avant garde architectural installations. This past spring Los Angeles-based architect Barbara Bestor worked with students to construct Silent Disco, an unfolded plywood polyhedron that doubles as a dance club.

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    The SCI-Arc gallery is known for its avant garde architectural installations. This past spring Los Angeles-based architect Barbara Bestor worked with students to construct Silent Disco, an unfolded plywood polyhedron that doubles as a dance club.

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    Joshua White

    The SCI-Arc gallery is known for its avant garde architectural installations. This past spring Los Angeles–based architect Barbara Bestor worked with students to construct Silent Disco, an unfolded plywood polyhedron that doubles as a dance club.

  • Installed in the school's 20-foot-tall main gallery, Silent Disco uses plywood, mirrored plexiglass, and paint to transform the space into a pop, disorienting, and immersive environment.

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    Installed in the school's 20-foot-tall main gallery, Silent Disco uses plywood, mirrored plexiglass, and paint to transform the space into a pop, disorienting, and immersive environment.

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    Joshua White

    Installed in the school's 20-foot-tall main gallery, Silent Disco uses plywood, mirrored plexiglass, and paint to transform the space into a pop, disorienting, and immersive environment.

  • Architecture student Kyd Kitchaiya chills in the hot pink lounge areas tucked behind the dance floor.

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    Architecture student Kyd Kitchaiya chills in the hot pink lounge areas tucked behind the dance floor.

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    Architecture student Kyd Kitchaiya chills in the hot pink lounge areas tucked behind the dance floor.

  • For the 2010 Moca Gala titled "The Artist's Museum Happening," Bestor collaborated with multimedia artist Doug Aiken to created a light installation. Built out of PVC pipe and Programmable linear LED tubes, the atmospheric sculpture changed color during event performances.

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    For the 2010 Moca Gala titled "The Artist's Museum Happening," Bestor collaborated with multimedia artist Doug Aiken to created a light installation. Built out of PVC pipe and Programmable linear LED tubes, the atmospheric sculpture changed color during event performances.

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    Frazer Harrison

    For the 2010 Moca Gala titled "The Artist's Museum Happening," Bestor collaborated with multimedia artist Doug Aiken to created a light installation. Built out of PVC pipe and Programmable linear LED tubes, the atmospheric sculpture changed color during event performances.

  • Bestor transformed a former Shakey's pizza parlor into the hip artisanal pizza restaurant, Pitfire. Strong colors, exposed plywood and custom furniture give the space a high-design feel without sacrificing, the brands  casual, family-friendly style.

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    Bestor transformed a former Shakey's pizza parlor into the hip artisanal pizza restaurant, Pitfire. Strong colors, exposed plywood and custom furniture give the space a high-design feel without sacrificing, the brands casual, family-friendly style.

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    Ray Katchatorian

    Bestor transformed a former Shakey's pizza parlor into the hip artisanal pizza restaurant Pitfire. Strong colors, exposed plywood and custom furniture give the space a high-design feel without sacrificing, the brands casual, family-friendly style.

“SCI-Arc is still a raucous place in a pedagogical way,” says director Eric Owen Moss, FAIA, “but administratively it is more institutional than it used to be.” The Los Angeles school’s gallery encourages that active discourse and provides the framework, sweat equity, and funding for experimental installation work. This spring, local architect Barbara Bestor, AIA, 44, worked with students to construct “Silent Disco,” an unfolded plywood polyhedron that doubles as a dance club. The piece, a perceptual play on surfaces, is covered in Dazzle camouflage graphics and glittery mirrors.

By engaging the whole school in the process, SCI-Arc continues its hands-on legacy, even as it embraces digital tools. “Built work—whether in installations or ‘bricks and mortar’—is both a crucial form of engagement and ever more difficult to achieve due to the institutionalization of so many building practices,” Bestor says. “There are fewer design-centric architecture projects to do out there. It is not a new problem, but it is hard to get new interesting or challenging work built in the U.S. in this climate. The schools have become crucial to supporting the next generation.”