Gabriel Huerta is a designer based in Los Angeles who doesn’t actually seem to be with us but, instead, is up in space, where he draws his inspiration from. We came across his work and were really impressed by his super heady, super futuristic concepts for turning a few public spaces into these almost Jetson-like hubs for activity.
The first item we came across was his idea for George C. Page Park, the space between LACMA and Page Museum. He envisions that area having a pavilion that marries the park to a structure, something that almost exits the earth for people to use as a gathering space and viewing area of the attractions surrounding it. In Malibu, he has an idea for their Wildlife Training Facility that would be in conversation with Malibu Creek, which would repurpose water from fire training drills. His idea for the Los Angeles Market Plaza sees a roof structure that allows for ample parking and passing below and shopping above, as it connects Chinatown and El Pueblo by way of this amoebic splat of a building. One of the coolest ideas is his Gender Gradients, which completely reimagines public restrooms in relationship to those automated restrooms in Pershing Square. His idea blurs gender segregation into almost a free for all within this hive of a bathroom. It’s pretty cool.
Huerta’s work is really cool and, obviously, a little forward thinking. He currently is a collaborator at Tom Wiscombe’s EMERGENT, where equally as insane designs are created. He’s also finishing up a Masters of Architecture at UCLA, which we are sure is going to unleash him in Los Angeles to do some crazy futuristic things. We can’t wait!