With its modern classical architectural lines, seamless connection to an existing gallery building and flawless attention to detail both inside and out, The Lois and Robert F. Erburu Gallery was a new 16,000-sq.-ft. addition to the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, CA. The Gallery consists of 8,000 sq. ft. of modern, state-of-the-art gallery space, and 8,000 sq. ft. of storage area. The project was hailed as the newest showcase for the Huntington's impressive European art collections and, ultimately, for its growing American art collection.
Key elements of the gallery include a glass loggia that sweeps along the front that communicates with the gardens outside by providing for the viewing of sculpture with the Brown Garden and the San Gabriel Mountains as a backdrop. The building's interior space features four square and three rectangular galleries with an octagonal room at its center. The elegantly outlined, cleanly detailed, and contemplative spaces are lighted with a combination of natural and incandescent light.
While unexpected challenges put the project team to the test, the ability to work through and overcome them made for a highly satisfied client in the end. "This was my first experience with a Zero Defects program, and I found it to be a big contributor to the success of the project," the operations director commented. "We're very pleased with the smooth turn over and the minimal number of issues demanding follow-up."