In 2020, Creative Space was tasked by David Zwirner to identify the right location for their first west coast gallery and subsequently brought on to develop the project on their behalf. At the same time, Creative Space was working with an existing client on programming and leasing a collection of historic buildings along Melrose Ave and N Western Ave between Hollywood and Koreatown.
After a market search focused on north central LA, David Zwirner was struck by the opportunity to purchase the building at 600-608 N Western Ave. The freestanding building was originally constructed to house a classic corner gas station in the 1920s and has since been adapted for a variety of uses over the years — most recently, a furniture showroom. The 15,000 square foot building has an unobstructed southwest orientation that floods the space with natural light, a private attached parking lot, and highly adaptable structure, which perfectly suit David Zwirner’s unique needs. Furthermore, the site is easily accessible to key surrounding neighborhoods and close to their ever-growing Los Angeles audience.
To further enhance the gallery's offerings, we assisted David Zwirner in leasing the two adjacent one-story buildings: 612 and 616 North Western Ave. The two structures — constructed in the 1930s and originally operated as Hollywood prop shops — will be restored and renovated by Selldorf Architects. Together, they add approximately 10,000 square feet to the gallery, which will be used primarily for exhibitions and programming. There will also be 3,000 square feet of outdoor space and a garden. Los Angeles-based Twinsteps Architecture is serving as executive architect for the entire project.
Creative Space is currently developing this project on behalf of David Zwirner with an anticipated completion of January 2023.