||West Hollywood City Hall
Competition Project, 1987
This competition project
is based on the idea that a City Hall should aspire to generate a sense
of place, create a pleasant working environment, end become a symbol
for the region. The centre is set along the north-south axis of the
site, perpendicular to the strong form of the Hollywood Hills, it provides
plazas at different levels, gardens, recreation areas, steps and ramps
with shops and studios below.
The offices of the City Hall are contained
within a rotunda building that rises above an elevated plaza. The Council
Chamber is expressed as a cube over the atrium of the rotunda. On the
roof is a open-air amphitheatre for Council and community meetings.
These places, spaces and forms, with their cross-cultural references
- American, European, Mexican and Central American -are intended to
create a diverse and pleasant experience; to act as a catalyst in an
area in great need of such public interventions. The building is conceived
in reinforced concrete throughout. The rotunda walls are a combination
of marble panels and glass, while the plazas and podium walls are clad
primarily in stone and marble.
Collaborator: Maria Warner.
Model: AIek Zarifian.
Photo: Tony Naglemann
: Model view, axonometric, main floor plan, longitudinal section