Korean American National Museum, Cultural Center and Apartments

Los Angeles, California

Gruen Associates is Design Architect for the Korean American National Museum’s proposed new $35 Million, 170,000-SF museum, cultural and community center, focusing on the Korean-American community in Los Angeles, California. The project will feature a multi-function space able to accommodate 400 people, classrooms, galleries, meeting spaces, 50 below-grade parking and a rooftop terrace for community events. The seven-story building—which includes the two-story museum—also includes 103 apartments, which will serve as a revenue source for the on-going operations of the museum. After design services are complete, construction is estimated to begin Fall/Winter 2016 with an approximate 18-month completion date.

The community established the Korean American National Museum to interpret and preserve its history, culture and achievements; to examine and discuss issues currently facing the community; and to explore new and innovative ways to communicate the Korean American experience to other American communities.

The Korean American National Museum is dedicated not only to increasing understanding of the Korean American experience, but also to fostering creative approaches to advancing Korean American culture.