West Los Angeles Office Building Proposal / GMPA Architects

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Located on a prominent corner in West , the proposal for an office building by GMPA Architects is an energized, swirling 4-level structure rather than a static wedding cake style. With its riveting spiral shape,, derived from the 10’ difference in elevation, the dynamic, multi-shaped levels add visual interest and reinforce a connection to the street. More images and architects’ description after the break.

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The site is a wedge-shaped, triangular corner with a 10’ differential between the ground elevation of the south and the north side. The south and north elevations differ in response to elevation as well as sustainability concerns. Deep mullions on the south side provide sun protection, reduce the inside temperature and lower air conditioning usage.

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Conversely, northern exposure windows feature thinner mullions to enhance daylighting. Additionally, these window variations add extra punch to the design dynamics. Highly visible public space at the rounded corner encourages pedestrian activity and interaction. Design elements create openness, movement and a lively sense of urban energy.

Architects: GMPA Architects
Location: West Los Angeles, California, United States
Project Team: Kobi Moses, Monika Moses, Sangduk Mo, Byoungmo Kang

Cite: Furuto, Alison. "West Los Angeles Office Building Proposal / GMPA Architects" 28 Dec 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 28 Nov 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=312708>
  • John

    Great design with simplicity!