Architectural Gems of Los Angeles: 10 Sights to Hit Your Eyes
For several decades, Los Angeles served as a creative platform for many talented architects. The buildings of this city surprise not only with its scope, but also with its incredible appearance, which makes Los Angeles a great place for the fans of unusual designer solutions.
Are you among them? Then we offer to your attention 10 amazing buildings that can be admired in Los Angeles. Of course, you’ll need a rental car to explore all the places, so with AVR LAX you can rent your favorite car right at the local airport.
Samitaur Tower is the gateway to a new area of media companies and a design bureau. The tower with the height of 22 meters is made in the form of a spiral and is equipped with five moving screens. The role of the tower is informational. On its screens you can see images announcing cultural events and performances, as well as suggestions from local media companies and the design bureau.
Address: 4205021016, Culver City
(photo by HplusF)
This musical pavilion was named ‘Wildbeast’ for one simple reason – with its unpredictability, the building looks like an animal from the jungle. The fact is that it can easily turn from a closed room into an open area for performing speeches for an audience sitting on a lawn.
All surfaces of the pavilion rotate and slide, which allows creating a perfect acoustic clarity and accuracy of sound of various instruments.
Address: 24700 McBean Pkwy, Santa Clarita
Walt Disney Concert Hall
The concert hall was built mostly with the money of the Walt Disney family, and therefore bears his name. Construction of the hall lasted about 9 years, and today this structure is amazing in its appearance and interior decoration.
Unique acoustic conditions were created for musical performances held in the concert hall. It was taken the whole year to tune the organ, which more than 2000 viewers can listen to at the same time.
It’s interesting that after the opening of the hall, many locals began to complain about the too bright light reflected by the outer plates of the building - so their glossy surface was sprinkled with sand.
Address: 111 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles
(photo by Jeremy Sternberg)
The Chemosphere construction resembles a flying saucer rather than a residential building, and, apparently, it was conceived in its design.
The building is made in the form of an octagon and is located on a nine-meter concrete pillar, so it seems from the side that it hovers above the ground and over the branches of trees.
Address: 7776 Torreyson Drive, Los Angeles
School of Visual and Performing Arts
The new school of visual and performing arts is located in the heart of Los Angeles and combines 4 academies: theater, music, dance and visual arts.
The complex itself includes many incredible buildings. One of them is a tower, around the base of which a ramp is wrapped in the form of the numeral 9.
Address: 450 N Grand Ave, Los Angeles
Green Greenberg Green House
(photo by Dmitriy Kruglyak)
Green Greenberg Green House is an unusual eco-building which has many unique features. One of them is the facade designed in the form of a hill on which the building stands.
By the way, the house is designed in accordance with the conditions of the surrounding environment. Thanks to this fact, the construction can use the power of the wind as natural ventilation, and sunlight is always enough to illuminate the interior.
The glazing of the eco-house is made in such a way that allows you to feel yourself in the open air. Reacting to the physical and natural conditions, the facade imitates the shape of the slope of the hill on which the house is located. Organic smooth lines of outdoor architecture are continued in the interior, embodying a symbiosis of minimalism and futurism.
Address: 3435 Wilshire Blvd #144, Los Angeles
(photo by Michael Locke)
It’s interesting to know that the Vertical House has many long, elongated windows. However, this is not its main feature - the most impressive fact is that they are all located at different heights.
In addition, there are 3 types of glazing were used, which allows to capture the best view from the window, and nobody can complain about the ugly picture that opens from his apartment.
Address: 2130 Castilian Drive, Los Angeles
Emerson College Los Angeles Center
(photo by evgeniy shchetinkin)
Emerson College was built by the famous Morphosis Architects construction bureau. High-tech campus accepts about 200 students. It’s framed by a metal rack in which the student dormitory is located.
The building is equipped with an intelligent shading system that reacts sensitively to changes in air temperature and the position of the sun.
Address: 5960 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles
Eel’s Nest Echo Park
(photo by Dmitriy Kruglyak)
This unusual three-level house was built in a small area by experts from Anonymous Architects architectural studio. Designers have tried to get the most out of the space they had (about 4.6 meters by 15.8 meters), and as a result, now residents of the house can enjoy a living area of 89 square meters! Panoramic windows allowed to visually enlarge the space even greater.
Address: 1416 Fairbanks Pl, Los Angeles
The number amazing buildings in Los Angeles is countless. Hopefully, this top 10 has helped to get a representation of the incredible architecture of the city.