Annenberg Space for Photography
New Cultural Center
Century City, CA

The Annenberg Foundation, a charitable organization committed to promoting communication through the arts, set out to build an interactive space that would showcase digital and print photography from the world’s most renowned artists in an intimate environment. The shell of the 10,000 sf building was originally constructed along with its neighboring 2000 Avenue of the Stars facility. Only later was it given the name- Annenberg Space for Photography.

This created a challenge for MEP systems designer, Syska Hennessy Group, who was charged with carving out adequate space for the building’s infrastructure within the existing framework. With high ceilings in the assembly areas and the architect’s request to keep all infrastructure hidden from view, Syska engineers found innovative ways to route duct work and audio/visual and electrical wiring around the building's sides, working closely with the building’s structure and its supports.

Achieving the right hot/cold air balance to satisfy the facility’s sophisticated audio/visual equipment proved to be a special challenge for Syska. Using mirrors to reflect images from the projector to the screen, the building’s A/V equipment required hot air to be removed from a small space quickly while also supplying the right amount of cold air to satisfy equipment loads without compromising the mirrors and their projection. Delicately calibrating the air flow and supply, Syska found the right solution for the space.


10,000 sf


2010 Calibre Design Award for Small Work Space - IIDA of Southern California