THE LOS ANGELES MUSEUM OF OUTSIDER ART is an independent, free art museum in the central- city neighborhood of Silverlake, Los Angeles.
Outsider Art, by virtue of having been created by artists without formal training, celebrates diversity in its origins. The choice of site and design methodology reflect this value. The triangular site is located on one of Los Angeles’ most iconic boulevards, with two access levels, which are bridged by a stair, an urban feature typical of this part of Los Angeles. The rebar-enclosed, double stair entry elevates this local typology into a phenomenological experience integrated into the materiality of the museum. Working with collage as a medium to integrate dissimilar parts into wholes, the so-called “Little Monsters” became vehicles for generating complex architectural moments driven by diverse materialities.