Friday, June 3, 2011

June 16 > LA Design Festival: HOLA & Beer Belly > Lafayette Park & K-town

Photo by Nicolas O.S. Marques

As part of the first-ever LA Design Festival - a citywide series of events that celebrate our fair city's creative talent - de LaB is hosting a double-header on opening day, June 16th!

First, join us for a tour of Kanner Architects' Heart of LA building at Lafayette Park. Heart of LA (or HOLA) provides an oasis of safety and encouragement to under-served inner city at-risk youth. The center was Los Angeles architect Stephen Kanner's last major project.

Formerly a senior center, the newly renovated 15,000 complex boasts a light-filled gym and interconnected classroom spaces and community rooms. Originally designed by modernist architect Graham Latta, the best of the center's original features - such as the barrel arched concrete canopies - are highlighted by the remodel. The new center is the City of LA's first LEED-certified building and the result of a successful partnership between the LA Department of Parks and Recreation and HOLA. There's been no shortage of buzz about the the building. Check out these stories in the LA Times and The Architect's Newspaper.
The tour is FREE. However, we ask that you bring school or art supplies as a donation to support the work of this great organization.

Photo via Curbed LA

Following the tour, we'll head over to K-town to quench our thirst at Beer Belly, the new simple and slick craft beer bar designed by our friends at MAKE. Just in case you need help finding the door (or your car), owners Jimmy and Yume Han have provided some helpful signage. Mmmm, beer.

Thursday, June 16

Heart of LA / Lafayette Park Recreation Center
625 South Lafayette Park Place
Los Angeles, CA 90057
6:30pm (the tour begins promptly at 7:00pm)

Beer Belly
532 S. Western Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90020

The two locations are about a mile away from each other, and both are easy to reach by Metro. Just sayin'.

RSVP here so we can get an accurate headcount

Whether you know it or not (de LaB does!), LA is a global design capital and the LA Design Festival (June 16 - 30) is meant to recognize this fact. The Festival is a citywide series events taking place over two weeks, or in other words, a moment during which we can all collectively celebrate our city's awesome creativity. Other Festival events include showroom parties, design discussions, studio tours, and the biggest design event on the West Coast. Check out the full calendar of events here.

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