SOM’s gravity-defying floating glass cube in DTLA

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The building’s pleated glass envelope contains 1,672 energy efficient panels that uniquely responds to its location.

SOM has floated a glass cube above a large stepped civic plaza negotiating a sloped site in downtown Los Angeles for their United States Courthouse project, scheduled to open July, 2016 with an anticipated LEED Platinum rating. The 633,000 square foot, 220 foot tall facility includes 24 daylight-filled courtrooms and 32 judges’ chambers.

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Adam Sokol’s tall and skinny hotel revealed on Los Angeles’ Spring Street

Architecture, Skyscrapers, Unveiled, West
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
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A skinny hotel is set to rise in Downtown Los Angeles’ historic core. Designed by Buffalo, New York–based Adam Sokol Architecture Practice (asap) for developer Lizard Capital, the new Spring Street Hotel will tower 325-feet over the street and feature 176 guest rooms. At 28-stories, the design introduces tallness to an area that’s currently mid-rise area, but not for long.

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Q+A> AIA Los Angeles Educator Award Recipient Sarah Lorenzen on the future of architectural education

Architecture, Awards, Q+A, West
Thursday, October 15, 2015
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Lorenzen on the roof of the Neutra VDL. (

Lorenzen on the roof of the Neutra VDL. (Courtesy VDL House)

On October 29, Angelenos will gather for the 2015 AIA|LA Design Awards and Next LA Awards to toast the city’s best contributions to architecture and design. Every year the AIA|LA Board of Directors chooses outstanding and passionate individuals as winners of the Presidential Honoree program. AN spoke to Educator Award recipient Sarah Lorenzen. An architect, professor, and chair of Cal Poly Pomona‘s Department of Architecture, she reflected on the honor and shared her thoughts on the direction architectural education.

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Eavesdrop> First as Tragedy: What’s up with LA’s Greek Theater?

Eavesdroplet, West
Friday, October 9, 2015
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Rios Clementi Hale Studios' rendering of the Greek Theater.

Rios Clementi Hale Studios’ rendering of the Greek Theater.

When the discussion for Los Angeles Recreation & Parks to give Live Nation the contract to manage The Greek Theatre were scuttled earlier this year, it was unclear what would come of the proposed modernization of the 5,900-seat venue by Rios Clementi Hale Studios. Word from inside the office says the project is moving forward with new designs to come, even as Pennsylvania-based SMG looks poised to win the event management contract.

Eavesdrop> Tom Tom Club: What’s up with Tom Wiscombe’s futuristic Los Angeles venue?

Eavesdroplet, West
Thursday, October 8, 2015
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(Courtesy Tom Wiscombe)

(Courtesy Tom Wiscombe)

Architect Tom Wiscombe and developer Tom Gilmore have been spotted on more than one occasion imbibing at Redbird, the restaurant located in the former rectory of the cathedral of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles. (Gilmore is the landlord.) Does this mean that the pair’s plans for Old Bank District Museum, a futuristic art venue designed by Wiscombe, is on track for a 2017 opening? Only the bartender knows.

Eavesdrop> An Austrian Staycation

Eavesdroplet, West
Thursday, October 1, 2015
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Los Bar in the Mackey Apartments.

Los Bar in the Mackey Apartments. (MAK Center for Arts and Architecture)

All summer the Los Bar—built by MAK Center residents Andreas Bauer, Christoph Meier, Robert Schwarz, and Lukas Stopczynski—gave those without airline travel points a taste of Vienna.

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Rios Clementi Hale’s parklet rains on Park(ing) Day in Los Angeles

Architecture, Design, Urbanism, West
Friday, September 18, 2015
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Rios Clementi Hale Studios’ “Paradise in a Parking Spot” for Park(ing) Day 2015. (Rios Clementi Hale Studios)

Park(ing) Day, the annual tradition of making micro-parks out of parking spots, calls attention to the need for public space in cities. A pop-up park by Rios Clementi Hale Studios in Los Angeles takes the educational imperative further with a parking space that teaches the benefits of stormwater capture—just in time for this winter’s predicted El Niño.

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OMA does weddings and bar mitzvahs on Wilshire Boulevard

Architecture, News, Newsletter, West
Thursday, September 17, 2015
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SANCTUARY CEILING FROM WILSHIRE BOULEVARD TEMPLE’S RECENT RENOVATION. (TOM BONNER)

Word of an OMA-designed building for the Wilshire Boulevard Temple has been in the grapevine for months. The firm was on the short list this past spring along with Kengo Kuma & Associates, Morphosis Architects, and Steven Holl Architects for the 55,000-square-foot event space across the street from the institution’s recently restored 1929 Byzantine-Revival sanctuary. Now, a new building is moving forward with a name, an architect, and a fundraising campaign.

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Hennessey +Ingalls to move from Santa Monica to Michael Maltzan’s One Santa Fe in 2016

Architecture, News, Open, West
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
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Hennessey + Ingall's Santa Monica location will close at the end of the year. (Courtesy Hennessey + Ingalls)

Hennessey + Ingall’s Santa Monica location will close at the end of the year. (Courtesy Hennessey + Ingalls)

Hennessey + Ingalls is a rarity in an age when bookstores that survived the rise of Amazon are often indistinctive superstores or exercises in hipster curation. Los Angeles’ long-established mecca for art and architecture is neither. Fans were nervous when the store shuttered its Hollywood annex in Space Fifteen Twenty last spring. While the Santa Monica store on Wilshire and 2nd will close at the end of the year, it will reopen in a new space at One Santa Fe, the mixed-use development complex designed by Michael Maltzan Architecture.

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Behind the Veil: The Broad opens September 20

Architecture, Art, Urbanism, West
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
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The Broad. (Courtesy Iwan Baan)

The Broad. (Courtesy Iwan Baan)

When The Broad opens to the public on September 20, Angelenos will finally get to see how Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s design compliments philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad’s powerhouse collection of 2,000 pieces of contemporary art in their eponymous museum. Works by Ed Ruscha and Cindy Sherman will hang in the 35,000-square-foot, column-free gallery space lit by some 300 skylights.

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On View> Los Angeles or BUST: New exhibition features full-frontal forms

Architecture, Art, On View, West
Friday, September 4, 2015
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Pita and Bloom, Face to Face (Courtesy Jai & Jai)

Pita and Bloom, Face to Face (Courtesy Jai & Jai)

The bust, the sculptural counterpart of the portrait that dates back to classical antiquity, immortalizes not only the likeness of a person from the chest upwards, but the values of both the sculptor and the era in their concepts of beauty and nobility. An object no bigger than a head and a pair of shoulders, centuries later, is a relic embedded with cultural meaning—the preference towards an aquiline nose, for example, or a fixation with youth. With BUST, a group show on view at Jai & Jai in Los Angeles, curator William O’Brien, Jr. asked designers to apply the titular sculptural form to architecture.

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From fortress to town square: Los Angeles launches a competition to remake Pershing Square

PERSHING SQUARE AS IT LOOKS NOW. (DAVID A GALVAN / FLICKR)

PERSHING SQUARE AS IT LOOKS NOW. (DAVID A GALVAN / FLICKR)

Ricardo Legorreta’s much maligned design for Pershing Square is getting a makeover. The day after the Los Angeles City Council voted to support a public-private partnership to overhaul the five-acre urban park, councilmember José Huizar and Pershing Square Renew announced an international design competition geared to rethink the open space that now sits ingloriously on top of an underground parking garage.

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