eric owen moss architects: glass tower
eric owen moss architects: glass tower
apr 24, 2009

eric owen moss architects: glass tower

the glass tower by eric owen moss architects is posed to be encourage a re-development in south central los angeles. the building has been in planning since the nineties but was stalled for some years until it was re-designed in 2006 as a single tower. a rail line installed nearby spurred the redesign. the structure is part of the redevelopment of south central LA, an area plagued with poverty and violence for many years. the project was originally conceived of with a structural strategy, consisting of curvilinear ribbons wrapping two main volumes.

the new design remains very similar with the same ribbon theme, but as a single volume. as the area’s only high-rise, office tenants will enjoy wide, open views of the city. a train stop sits directly outside the building, but car parking was also a main concern for the architects. the aforementioned ribbon scheme provides the building’s structure, making each floor completely open. the ribbons are made from steel tubes filled with concrete. each floor was the same flexible plan but comes in three distinct heights of 13, 16 and 24 feet, to offer further flexibility.

eric owen moss architects: glass tower

eric owen moss architects: glass tower

eric owen moss architects: glass tower

eric owen moss architects: glass tower

  • not again, not another US (american as they say) architect copying european talent !

    besides the horrible result

    ezra says:
  • Generic!

    Sw says:
  • Oh look, our office just figured out how to sweep shapes in Rhino…

    c says:
  • in all fairness, he was playing with the idea of structural lines wrapping the facade for some time, long before the birds nest stadium, etc. This just happens to be poorly done.

    stop_calatrava_now says:
  • glass?!

    eumesmo says:
  • Like bird nest in beijing olympic games

    serens says:
  • nonsense

    archshakeel says:
  • my my, such shallow comments from our couch critics. (some euro design snobs should be tar & feathered for their shallow vision, associative behavior, & elitist attitude).

    don’t write this cat off so quick. he has a few early deconstructivist projects that are quite profound in substance.

    if you know LA & it’s chaotic motion with no center, this building is somewhat appropriate. although, a plan & section would have been nice.

    signed: the german wankker-walter

    walter wankker says:
  • This is NOT in South Central Los Angeles. It is in the western part of Los Angeles and is adjacent to Culver City.

    Brady Westwater says:

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