Archives for film, art, and books serve as storage and reference for films created, where it holds a much larger and more influential content that curated works that are presented to the public. However this large database of creative work are often hidden away from public view an only shown to the public when a curator deems it appropriate.
This Institute looks at past precedents such as the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library which challenges this convention through a six story public display of manuscripts, and challenges it further by having visitors visually participate in the behind the scenes of Film Archive and restoration.
The project separates its public gallery and educational spaces by its archive and restoration facilities. Through lifting up the archive, it opens up the front plaza to engage the metro station, which will be one of the main points of access to Leimert Park’s many community and cultural celebrations.