The Pterodactyl, designed by Eric Owen Moss Architects is an office building with a difference. Built for an advertising agency on the top level of a parking garage, it is one of many new and remodelled buildings in the creative, regeneration area of Culver City, Los Angeles.
Most of the office space is open plan, but there are also more private spaces for meetings and discussions. One of the unique features is a walkway bridge that allows workers to walk the length of the building. The architect says: “I think the configuration of the building facilitates the energy and enthusiasm of the people who inhabit it.”
The parking garage provides the perch for the office, which resembling a prehistoric bird spreading its wings, nestles on the top level, affording sweeping views of the entire city from the downtown area to the mountains, to the Pacific Ocean.
The parking structure can hold a capacity of 800 cars on four levels. It is a simple and inexpensive construction: steel frame, metal decks, regular bays, and exit and entry ramps.
The 16,663 sq. ft. Pterodactyl building is part of a larger conglomeration of office buildings, the Wedgewood Holly campus, which were originally part of a grouping of contiguous warehouses in Culver City that had been added incrementally since the 1940s.
The design brief needed to consider careful removal of parts of the original structures in order to establish discrete new buildings, to allow space for landscaping, and pedestrian and car circulation around the site. The complex comprises five buildings, all designed by Eric Owen Moss Architects: Stealth, Umbrella, Slash, Backslash, and now Pterodactyl.
According to the architect, out of all five buildings, Pterodactyl was the most difficult and technically complicated to complete.