King Gillette Ranch is located in the heart of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (SMMNRA), adjacent to Malibu Creek State Park. This 588-acre site is managed by four agencies through a cooperative management agreement. The four agencies include: Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority, Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, California State Parks, and National Park Service.

LGA provided design services for the conversion of an existing stable and courtyard into a new visitor center to act as a gateway, providing orientation to the many trails and day-use areas at the ranch, and as a portal to the SMMNRA. The stable is part of several Wallace Neff buildings on the site. Neff is known as the father of the California Style of architecture.

LGA views this project as an educational and interpretative project. For the SMMNRA visitor center, the architectural design is not about making a statement; it’s about using the wonderful resources available to enhance and support the visitor experience through site, landscape, exhibits, and restoration.

The environs of the site are uniquely positioned to take advantage of renewable energy and water management strategies enabling the project to successfully achieve a “net-zero” energy solution, and a desired LEED Platinum Certification.