SOM confirmed to design LA federal courthouse
‘LA federal courthouse’ by SOM, los angeles, california, USAimage © SOM
the US general services administration (GSA) has just announced that SOM will be designing the new LA federal courthouse, begininning construction later in 2013 and opening to the public in 2016. the sustainable state-of-the-art courthouse will contain 24 courtrooms, 32 judges’ chambers and 110parking spots. the building will be located at first and broadway, currently a 550,000 square-foot dirt recess in the middle of the city creating a smallbreak in the urban fabric. the GSA hopes that a new client will buy the old courthouse and update it, repurposing it for offices that may serve the newstructure in the future. scaled down considerably from the GSA’s first program proposals, the project deals with a glass cube supported above the ground,playing with several layers of transparency.
front elevationimage © SOM
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located on the corner of franklin street and broadway, the building contains 11 duplex residences, ranging from three to five bedrooms, and two luxury penthouses.
the micro-dwelling shuns notions of the idyllic country cabin surrounded by nature, and instead embraces its urban setting through a raw and industrial aesthetic.
each generously proportioned dwelling contains a reception area, bedroom, and bathroom, with a private deck that affords sweeping views across the landscape.
derived from the shape of a falcon’s wing, the roof features eight triangular panels that wrap it and move in unison along individual tracts.