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Caltrans District 7 Headquarters

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Morphosis
 
location California, Los Angeles
function government, office
contributed by rtaube

The entire eastern and western façades of the Caltrans District 7 Headquarters are composed of a double skin of metal screens that open and close depending on outside temperatures. The porous nature of the screens create a movement of perception throughout the day, from a solid metal box at noon to one of translucence in the evening. The southern façade is covered almost entirely in solar panels, producing about 5% of the building's energy needs. At night, the red and blue neon tubes of Keith Sonnier's art piece, 'Motordom', light up the courtyard. Casting the courtyard into an eerie light, these luminescent strips evoke the movement and fluidity of the 'car culture' in Los Angeles.

 

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Caltrans District 7 Headquarters
Address
S. Main Street 100
United States
Project is not public!
Opening hours The courtyard is open to the public all the time; the interior however is not, as it is a government building.
How to get there? From the 101 Freeway, exit at Spring St and head south. Turn left onto 2nd St, and you will find the building one block past City Hall.
Completion 2004
Floor area/size 113000 m2
ArchitectMorphosis
artistKeith Sonnier
Client California Department of Transportation
 
Project ID 1933
Latitude/Longitude 34°03'05N 118°14'36W
Contributed by rtaube
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