The current status of cities as diverse, progressive and inventive environments allows architects to challenge the formal typologies of tall buildings and how they are perceived in dense urban environments. The aim of this project was to design an iconic high-rise in downtown Los Angeles that could be perceived differently around the tower.
The formal language of the tower is composed of several body-like figures. The “bodies” have different relationships among themselves around the tower, slightly shifting up, down and in between each other to create a composition with varying elevations and identifiable pieces.
The apertures identify these relationships, shifting along the bodies in the horizontal plane while outlining them in the vertical, while distorting at certain deviations.
The quality of the form and the apertures is experienced within the tower, with open internal spaces that allow users to register the relationships among the bodies.
The scale of the form is also experienced on the ground where the earth is carved completing the shapes at the bottom of the tower providing public spaces and unifying the tower with the ground.