Gehry Partners, the namesake firm of legendary architect Frank Gehry, has been hired to design facilities for a nonprofit social-service provider in South Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Children's Institute, Inc., which offers youth and education programs and family support and clinical services, will make a new home on a 2-acre lot in Watts, an area better known for grim-looking public housing projects than landmark architecture. It has budgeted about $22-million for construction.
"I think having a building by Frank Gehry will give kids a message about beauty," says Nina Revoyr, executive vice president of Children's Institute. "It shows them that there is something different. That there is a larger world."
Gehry Partners is partnering with (fer) studio, based in neighboring Inglewood, on the project. Gehry has been involved in other nonprofit design projects in the Los Angeles area, including Jazz Bakery in Culver City. The firm was also part of actor Brad Pitt's Make It Right Foundation project in New Orleans, completed in 2012.