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Some of the world’s leading architects are making their mark on Los Angeles’s cityscape with exciting and innovative projects. Fifty of the most striking buildings are profiled in this book that features every type of architecture–houses, municipal structures, art museums, office buildings, performance spaces, and houses of worship. Some of the world’s leading design firms, including Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Eric Owen Moss Architects, Selldorf Architects, and wHY Architecture, have contributed to the city’s structural vernacular. While the projects here are as varied as the luminous Walt Disney Concert Hall by Gehry Partners and Bestor Architecture’s compact housing development named “Blackbirds,” each building embraces an unmistakably Californian aesthetic reimagined for a new century. With original photography, this is the first book to focus on the surge of creative building that has taken place in Los Angeles in the new millennium.
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Lorcan O’herlihy Architects
1140 North Formosa Avenue, West Hollywood 2008
This eleven-unit private apartment building is a striking addition to an otherwise typical West Hollywood street. The structure’s bright-red metal facade contrasts sharply with the neighboring apartment buildings and single-family homes. Designed by Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects (LOHA), the exterior is made from perforated metal that allows for privacy from the street.
Hauser & Wirth
Selldorf Architects with creative space
901 East 3rd Street, Downtown Los Angeles 2016
In 2016, Hauser & Wirth (at the time, Hauser Wirth & Schimmel) teamed up with Selldorf Architects and Creative Space to design a revolutionary 116,000-square-foot gallery space. Inspired by the European Kunsthalle model, Hauser & Wirth hoped to design the new gallery to be a community space for museum-quality exhibitions and gatherings.
Wilshire Grand Center
900 Wilshire Boulevard, Downtown Los Angeles 2017
Designed by the Los Angeles–based firm AC Martin, the Wilshire Grand Center is the tallest building west of the Mississippi, rising up to 1,110 feet. Located in the Financial District of Downtown Los Angeles, this deceptively slender seventy-three-floor building is home to the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown hotel as well as the headquarters of Korean Air and its parent company, Hanjin Group. Spire 73, one of the highest open-air bars in the United States, graces the building’s top floor, with other restaurant and retail spaces appearing throughout the building.
Eric Owen Moss Architects
3599 Hayden Avenue, Culver City 2016
Situated among warehouses in Hayden Tract, Culver City, is the current home to the restaurant Vespertine. The brainchild of thirty-three-year-old star chef Jordan Kahn, the restaurant is a true collaboration between the chef and architect Eric Owen Moss. Located across from Destroyer, Kahn’s breakfast and lunch restaurant, the building grabbed the chef’s eye during a break from the kitchen. Moss and Kahn collaborated to adapt the two-story building’s twisting steel and glass structure and interior spaces for the restaurant.