Location: Marengo St. Los Angeles, CA
Architect: Partner-in-Charge, Nerin Kadribegovic, AIA Lehrer Architects LA, Inc
Builder: JMP Builders
Structural Engineer: Nous Engineering
MEP Engineer: S&K Engineers
Photography: Michael B. Lehrer, FAIA
Awards: HONOR AWARD, Westside Urban Forum 2021
This project is a transformation – through Interior tenant improvements – of a dark, aging and tired 10,000 sq. ft. non-profit clinic, to a bright and happy place that is connected to the outdoors and proudly serving its immigrant community.
Despite a tiny budget, the client and previous ill-fated renovation attempts, the architects completely re-imagined movement through building, emphasizing openness and connectedness to the out-of-doors and natural light. Bold graphics line the newly carved, interior streets and improve wayfinding. The architecture honors the namesake of the clinic with Iconography of the newly sainted St. Romero.
Most significant community contribution:
The non-profit clinic mainly provides healthcare to an underserved Central-American immigrant population. In addition to healthcare, the clinic provides several heavily programmed community rooms. It is a new place of pride of this important Angeleno community.
Light and color unify a previously disjointed building with existing program that was chopped into incomprehensible spaces. This design introduces continuity and familiarity for all users, from health-care providers to the ill.