Fall 2017 | Instructor: Roland Wahlroos-Ritter
This studio integrated a relatively new construction material — heavy timber — into the design of a high-rise incubator office in the Arts District of Los Angeles. CLT walls and floors make up the upper floors of the building following a strict 10'x10' structural grid that ensures continuous load paths. Concrete is used for the tapered base and columns on the ground floor to offer more robust support as the columns disrupt the grid of the upper floors to free up the ground level. Operable vertical fins with dichroic glass are used at openings to offer a more ephemeral experience in contrast with the structuralist maze configurations of the floor plans.