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The Record Company Headquarters that Revived 1950s Hollywood with Iconic Architecture

09:30 - 28 January, 2017
Courtesy of TASCHEN
Courtesy of TASCHEN

This essay by Alan Hess about the iconic Capitol Records building in Los Angeles was originally published as "The Architecture of the Capitol Records Tower." It is part of the book 75 Years of Capitol Records, published by TASCHEN, which is scheduled for release in February.

The president of Capitol Records was certain that a serious company could not operate out of a building that looked like the stack of records in a jukebox. So when Welton Becket, the new headquarters’ architect, showed him a model of the multistoried circular tower, Wallichs was annoyed. It would look like an advertising gimmick, Wallichs said, in a city where hot dogs were sold out of buildings shaped like hot dogs. Becket countered that the circular floor plan was more cost-efficient for the amount of usable space than a standard rectangular office building. Unimpressed, Wallichs told Becket to go back and design a conventional building.

The myth that a stack of records inspired the Tower has never died, though. As soon as the building opened, Hollywood columnist Bob Thomas wrote about it as “a monstrous stack of records.” Wallichs went on a public offensive from the start: “There was no intentional relationship between the shape of phonograph records and the circular design of the Tower” he insisted to the Chicago Tribune.

Big Ideas, Small Buildings: Some of Architecture's Best, Tiny Projects

01:00 - 15 May, 2014
Big Ideas, Small Buildings: Some of Architecture's Best, Tiny Projects, Suzuko Yamada, Pillar House, Tokyo, Japan. Image © Iwan Baan/TASCHEN
Suzuko Yamada, Pillar House, Tokyo, Japan. Image © Iwan Baan/TASCHEN

This post was originally published in The Architectural Review as "Size Doesn't Matter: Big Ideas for Small Buildings."

Taschen’s latest volume draws together the architectural underdogs that, despite their minute, whimsical forms, are setting bold new trends for design.

When economies falter and construction halts, what happens to architecture? Rather than indulgent, personal projects, the need for small and perfectly formed spaces is becoming an economic necessity, pushing designers to go further with less. In their new volume Small: Architecture Now!, Taschen have drawn together the teahouses, cabins, saunas and dollhouses that set the trends for the small, sensitive and sustainable, with designers ranging from Pritzker Laureate Shigeru Ban to emerging young practices.

Terunobu Fujimori, Beetle's House, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK. Image Courtesy of Victoria and Albert Museum, London/TASCHEN Jorge Gracia, Endémico Resguardo Silvestre, Valle de Guadalupe, Ensenada, Mexico. Image © Undine Pröhl/TASCHEN Kota Mizuishi, Riverside House Suginami, Tokyo, Japan. Image © Hiroshi Tanigawa/TASCHEN Olson Kundig, Delta Shelter, Mazama, Washington, USA. Image © Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects/TASCHEN + 14

Giveaway: Win A Copy of 'Richard Meier & Partners Complete Works'

00:00 - 23 October, 2013
Giveaway: Win A Copy of 'Richard Meier & Partners Complete Works'

This year, Richard Meier & Partners are celebrating 50 years of a prolific architecture career. Last month, we featured a fantastic interview we had with Reynolds Logan, Bernhard Karpf, and Dukho Yeon, partners of RMP's NY office, where they mentioned Canal+ in Paris and the Weill Hall Laboratory among their favorite buildings.

Winners of BIG's 'Yes is More' for iPad

18:00 - 9 March, 2011

Last Wednesday we told you we were giving away two copies of Yes is More, the world’s 1st architectural monograph in an eBook edition tailored to the Apple iPad. Now, thanks to BIG and Taschen, two happy reigstered users will enjoy this great eBook. The winners are Danny Taft and Maryanne Friend, and will be contacted at their e-mails. Congratulations, and remember you can register right here and enjoy the benefits!

Win BIG's 'Yes is More' for your iPad

12:43 - 2 March, 2011

Registering at ArchDaily can bring you many benefits. And now, it could bring you one more. Next Wednesday, thanks to BIG and Taschen, we are giving away two copies of Yes is More, the world’s 1st architectural monograph in an eBook edition tailored to the Apple iPad (of course, you can also enjoy it in the new iPad 2!)