LOS ANGELES ARCHITECTURE GUIDE

Case Study House #8

203 N. Chautauqua Blvd

Pacific Palisades

Charles + Ray Eames

1946

Eames Foundation

Access:  Reservations required

Photo:  Flickr / Danka

 

www.eamesfoundation.org

 

The 8th case study house of two dozen experimental house designs, designed for a couple working in design whose children were no longer living at home.

 

 

Civic Center Parking Structure

333 Civic Center Drive

Moore Ruble Yudell Architects + Planners

2005

Sustainable Parking Structure

Access:  Open

Photo:  Flickr / Schlüsselbein2007

 

This 900 parking space structure is LEED certified.  Shade provided on the roof with an array of solar photovoltaic panels constructed of recycled materials, low-VOC paints and finishes, A storm-drain water-treatment system and greywater harvesting provides for landscaping and on-site facilities.

 

 

Cathedral of Our Lady

555 W. Temple Street

Jose Raphael Moneo

2003

Cathedral

Access:  Tours available

 

www.olacathedral.org/

 

Moneo wanted to create both a spiritual church and a public space which was successfully accomplished in this design.

 

 

Caltrans District 7 Headquarters

100 S. Main Street

Thom Mayne / Morphosis

2005

Mixed-Use

Access: limited

Photo:  Flickr / Omar Omar

 

http://morphopedia.com/projects/caltrans-district-7-headquarters

 

Award winning architecture this building is bound to provoke a strong reaction.  This building transforms from day to night due to the exterior panels.

 

 

Walt Disney Theater

111 S. Grand Avenue

Frank O. Gehry

1991

Concert Hall

Access:  Tours available

 

www.laphil.com

 

Gehry wanted a distinctive, unique design for the organ in this concert hall – can you see where his inspiration came from…

 

 

Step Up on Fifth

1548 Fifth Avenue

Brooks + Scarpa Architects

2009

Rehabilitation Centre

Access:  Limited

Photo by pugh-scarpa.com

 

www.stepuponsecond.org

 

Passive design strategies:  orienting the building to control solar cooling loads; exposure to prevailing winds; induce natural ventilation; maximize day lighting; shading south windows and so much more.  Resulting in 50% more efficiency.

 

 

BP Helios House  ‎

8770 W Olympic Blvd

Office dA, a Boston

2007

Sustainable Gas Station

Access:  open

Photo:  Flickr / Omar Omar

 

www.bp.com/

 

Containing solar panels, rainwater collection and recycled stainless steel - this gas station represents BPs desire that “small steps in the right direction can make a difference.”

 

 

Millard House

645 Prospect Crescent

Frank Lloyd Wright

1923

Museum

Access:  Tours Available

 

www.millardhouse.com

 

Also known as La Miniatura this is the first of four concrete textile block houses.  Highly influenced by the Mayan ruins.

 

 

Broad Contemporary Art Museum (LACMA)

5905 Wilshire Boulevard

Renzo Piano

2008

Museum

Access:  Hours of Operation

Photo:  Flickr / Omar Omar

 

www.lacma.org

 

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) is a seven building complex, the latest addition is the Broad Contemporary Art Museum.  Tours are available

 

 

Hollyhock House

4808 Hollywood Boulevard

Barnsdall Art Park

Frank Lloyd Wright

1923

Access:  Tour only

 

http://hollyhockhouse.net/

 

All elements of the house are inspired by the hollyhock at the request of Aline Barnsdall, the client and owner.

 

 

Neutra VDL Studio and Residence

2300 Silver Lake Boulevard

Richard Neutra

1932 to 1966

Museum

Access:  Tours Available

Photo:  Flickr / vinzcha

 

www.neutra-vdl.org

 

Famously associated with modern architecture in California. This was Richard Neutra’s home for nearly three decades and his third building in America.

 

 

Schindler House Multiple Dwelling

835 N. Kings Road

West Hollywood

Rudolf Schindler

1922

Museum

Access:  Hours of Operation

 

www.makcenter.org/index

 

A four studio apartment is connected by a utility room which functioned as a kitchen, laundry, sewing room, and storage shared by all.

 

 

Prada Epicenter

Beverly Hills

343 North Rodeo Drive

Office for Metropolitan Architecture

2000

Retail

Access:  Hours of Operation

 

www.prada.com/en/waist-down/los-angeles

 

The nonexistent street façade distinguishes this retail space on the prominent Rodeo Drive.  OMA intentionally related this store to the New York store.

 

 

Habitat 825

N. Kings Road 825

Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects (LOHA)

2007

Residence

Access:  Limited

 

http://inhabitat.com/habitat-825-a-modern-la-apartment-complex/

 

Inspired by the Schindler House, the building massing is two intersecting L-shaped volumes that create a central common open space shared by 19 units.

 

 

The Getty Center

1200 Getty Center Drive

Richard Meier & Partners

1997

Museum

Access:  Hours of Operations

 

http://www.getty.edu/

 

The design exploits two naturally-occurring ridges, overlaying two grids along these axes maximizing views and vistas, the grounds are beautiful as well as the architecture.

 

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