Architecture as canvas

Sharon McHugh
Sunday 16 Nov 2008

Eric Owen Moss unveils LA Art Tower

The Gateway Art Tower, designed by Eric Owen Moss Architects, is an anchor to the Conjunctive Points development, a unique arts and technology development underway at the juncture of Culver City, a thriving middle-class community, and south-central Los Angeles, an under-served area.

The project involves the demolition of 5,235 square feet of an existing 1940’s two-storey masonry building to be replaced with a new 1,486 square feet steel structure. Situated at the prominent corner of Hayden Avenue and National Boulevard, the structure will function as an entrance ‘Gateway’ to the Conjunctive Points development. With the future MTA Exposition light rail line along National Boulevard, this structure will also serve to announce the arrival into Culver City from the larger Los Angeles Metropolitan area.

The project envisions a light tower, 72' in height, and approximately 30' in diameter. The form of the tower is composed as a series of conical 'screen' segments, each measuring 10'-6" in height, stretched between a cantilevered steel ring beam armature. Each conical segment is unique. The intention is for these surfaces to be backlit through projection, or other media, to achieve a glowing, visually arresting sculptural form. The tower has five floors at 12’ intervals, each serviced by one exterior stair, and one glass enclosed elevator. The base of the tower is excavated to provide a landscaped amphitheater.

Sharon McHugh
US Correspondent

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