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Old September 28th, 2007, 10:04 PM   #1
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LOS ANGELES | LAUSD High School for the Visual & Performing Arts #9 | U/C

Location: Cesar E. Chavez Avenue and Grand Avenue
Function: Educational/Cultural/Public Facility | 950 Seat Public Theater | Conference Room | Event Space | Exhibition Space
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Architect: COOP HIMMELB(L)AU | HMC Architects
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"In direct vicinity of the downtown Los Angeles cultural corridor with the recently finished Disney Concert Hall, the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Cathedral Our Lady of Angels the Los Angeles Unified School District is planning High School number 9 as LAUSD's new flagship high school project with emphasis in the Visual and Performing Arts. As such the school campus will include four academies for education in music, dance, theater arts and visual arts, and a theater for 1,000 visitors which can be open to the public. COOP HIMMELB(L)AU's design proposal envisions a tower as a symbol for the arts in the city and a sign for the positive development of the arts, education and our society. As an extension of the public lobby the tower, which on its top provides a conference room, event space and exhibition space with a view across the entire city of LA, will encourage students to have a positive outlook into the future. The tower's sculpture is completed with a spiral ramp in form of a number 9 and two billboards, which are both signage and information interface for the school. (In the design approved by LAUSD for execution the tower will not be accessible.) The crystaline public lobby, with uses as theater lobby or exhibition area - creates the public face of the school towards downtown Los Angeles, while a representational school entrance via a grand open staircase addresses the community. Inside the campus the library in form of a cone is given importance as the ''Space of Knowledge'' and is the focal point of the central courtyard. Circular windows give the otherwise very utilitarian school buildings a distinct expression and - in strategic positions - reveal its inner life to the passer-by." - COOP HIMMELB(L)AU















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Old September 28th, 2007, 10:07 PM   #2
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Old October 3rd, 2007, 05:27 PM   #3
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WOW! I thought this maybe the best high school campus I've seen.
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Old October 3rd, 2007, 06:27 PM   #4
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Eh, too much white-cube for me. Not enough glass, too much blank wall.
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Old October 4th, 2007, 11:24 AM   #5
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thats what they are building! i was wondering! cool
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Old October 4th, 2007, 04:52 PM   #6
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Frankly, this design is terrible. It belongs in Brasilia, not downtown Los Angeles. I think LA will regret this in 20-30 years in the same way a lot of cities regret building many of the austerely modern eyesores from the 60s and 70s.
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Old October 4th, 2007, 08:39 PM   #7
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O hell...
i like it.
Or at least i don't think it is as bad as i_am_hydrogen thinks.

i'd go to high school there.
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Old October 4th, 2007, 08:56 PM   #8
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Frankly, this design is terrible. It belongs in Brasilia, not downtown Los Angeles. I think LA will regret this in 20-30 years in the same way a lot of cities regret building many of the austerely modern eyesores from the 60s and 70s.
hardly. I think L.A. will be proud to have so many new and unique designs around this corridor. Maybe each building, on its own is missing something but put together the way they are they look awesome! GO L.A.!!
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Old October 4th, 2007, 10:39 PM   #9
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Frankly, this design is terrible. It belongs in Brasilia, not downtown Los Angeles. I think LA will regret this in 20-30 years in the same way a lot of cities regret building many of the austerely modern eyesores from the 60s and 70s.
Agreed - too much blank wall (as I posted earlier) is going to make this not age well at all.
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Old October 5th, 2007, 12:59 AM   #10
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You're going to put a lot of glass into a high school? These are still teenage kids and I don't trust them with glass that you drink out of, let alone large glass windows.
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Old October 5th, 2007, 01:35 AM   #11
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Agreed - too much blank wall (as I posted earlier) is going to make this not age well at all.
well not really the only place were's theres blank wall is were the theater is at.
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I like it. Only time will tell whether or not it will age well.
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Old October 5th, 2007, 02:53 AM   #13
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You're going to put a lot of glass into a high school? These are still teenage kids and I don't trust them with glass that you drink out of, let alone large glass windows.

Who said anything about glass? I said there is a blank wall, which in turn is going to do nothing to dissuade tagging. Articulation dissuades tagging.
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Old October 5th, 2007, 03:44 AM   #14
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Like the murals along the 101 in Downtown?

It's cheaper to repaint a blank wall than a mural or replace a glass window.
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looks like another great project for L.A
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Old October 5th, 2007, 05:15 AM   #16
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Like the murals along the 101 in Downtown?

It's cheaper to repaint a blank wall than a mural or replace a glass window.
No, I'm just saying a wall with edges and indentings. Articulation.
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Does anyone know what the "waterpark slide" looking thing is?
Purely sculptural or does it have a purpose?
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Old October 7th, 2007, 07:40 AM   #18
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that beats my high school by a long shot
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Old October 7th, 2007, 09:47 AM   #19
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It fits the very creative side of LA... I like it.
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Old October 10th, 2007, 10:41 AM   #20
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You're going to put a lot of glass into a high school? These are still teenage kids and I don't trust them with glass that you drink out of, let alone large glass windows.
dont forget its a ARTS school, all the kids are very into the type of schooling they will get there. they arent much of the violent type, i dont think.
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