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05.18.07 - 07.08.07 | SCI-Arc Library
George Yu Architects: Honda Advanced Design Center

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SCI-Arc is pleased to present an exhibition by George Yu Architects documenting the design process and completion of the new Honda Advanced Design Center in Old Town Pasadena, California. The architects transformed a 6,000 square foot retail space on the ground floor of a historic building into design studios and conference rooms. Described by Christopher Hawthorne of the LA Times as an “architectural version of a concept car,” a wall system comprised of 99 acrylic panels in nine different shapes was custom designed and fabricated using the same digital rapid prototyping tools that the car designers use in the studio. Despite the use of progressive digital tools, this molded acrylic panel wall — referred to by Yu as a “cocoon” — was a hands-on and labor-intensive project. The exhibition will include drawings and boards covering the process, photos of the finished interior, and a full scale, 8’ x 8’ x 3’ prototype mock-up of the wall panels.

Established in Los Angeles in 1992, George Yu Architects is an innovative, award-winning practice with experience in a wide range of building types. Specializing in the integration of urban design, architecture, and technology issues, George Yu Architects has completed over 65 projects ranging in scale from 1000 square foot retail interiors to 1.5 million square foot shopping centers. Key projects include the headquarters for Nettwerk Records in Vancouver; creative workspaces for IBM e-Business in Chicago, New York, and Atlanta; the Daido Jusco Shopping Center in Nagoya; the prototypes and roll-out of over fifty fashion boutiques for Max Studio worldwide; the prototypes and roll-out of multiple fashion boutiques for Marciano worldwide; the design studios for the Sony Electronics Design Center in Santa Monica; and the Sensorium office building project in Tokyo. George Yu has been on the design faculty at SCI-Arc since 1998 and has also taught at the University of British Columbia's School of Architecture, University of Texas, Austin, and Florida International University. Yu’s work has been featured in a numerous exhibitions and publications and has received multiple awards including the Canada Council's most prestigious award in architecture, the Prix de Rome, in 2000.