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Koreatown Gateway Moving Forward

Koreatown Gateway Moving Forward

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JFAK is pleased and privileged to announce that Koreatown Gateway has been given funding and the green light by the City of Los Angeles and the local Council District to move forward into construction.

This cultural marker will span over the busy intersection of Normandie Avenue and Olympic Blvd. in Los Angeles’ Koreatown neighborhood, and is comprised of steel columns, cantilevering steel beams, and a dynamic programmable LED array. Managed by the Los Angeles Neighborhood Initiative (LANI), the project has been in the works for a decade, and has received widespread support from local Korean-American business and civic leaders as well as local residents. Designed to embody the unity and strong friendship between South Korea and the City of Los Angeles, and the commonalities evident in their respective innovations in technology, the arts, and culture, the structure celebrates diversity and tradition through the use of symbolic form, color, and bold structural geometry.

For more about the Koreatown Gateway, click here.

Koreatown Gateway wins the 2016 Chicago Athenaeum American Architecture Award

Koreatown Gateway wins the 2016 Chicago Athenaeum American Architecture Award

JFAK's Koreatown Gateway was selected from a shrotlist of 380 buildings and urban planning projects. “The winning projects are each stunning and provocative new additions to their urban and rural locations—authentic connections to nature and to the very cultures in which they coexist. The selected projects have a positive psychological effect on the communities in which they are built and in which they serve—every detail looks handcrafted; every facade contextualized; every plan, diagram, and section particularly and exquistely well executed," says Christian Narkiewicw-Laune, Museum President of The Chicago Athenaeum.

The American Architecture Awards, founded 22 years ago, is a centerpiece of The Chicago Athenaeum and the European Centre’s efforts to identify and promote best practices in all types of architectural development and to bring a global focus to light of the best new designs from the United States. It is the only national and global program of its kind.

Click here to read the full press release and see the full list of Award winners.