Cactus Tower by Eric Owen Moss Architects



TYPOLOGICAL CATEGORIES:

ARCHITECTURE

SOCIOLOGICAL CATEGORIES:

community

EVOCATIVE CATEGORIES:

hub, unnatural

DETAILS:

map_usa

AUTHOR:

Eric Owen Moss Architects

YEAR:

2011

LOCATION:

Los Angeles, California, USA

PHOTOGRAPHS:

images © Tom Bonner

SOURCE: 

archdaily

NOTE:

Samantha Hart, owner of Foundation Content, a Chicago-based media, production, and graphic design company expands to Los Angeles, and rents a 30,000 square foot warehouse. Existing walls are poured concrete.  Existing roof structure is a sequence of wood bow string trusses.  The building was originally used for light manufacturing, and was constructed in the 1940’s.  A large steel frame, enclosed with corrugated metal, 50 feet high, located just outside the warehouse, once housed an industrial press. The tower is now vacant. The old industrial press tower is stripped, revealing a ramshackle steel support structure, and a supporting concrete block wall.  The intention is to use the existing structure to position an outdoor meeting and gathering area. The steel frame is re-engineered, and the block wall repaired. A new “green structure” is installed mid-way up the tower, providing a canopy/pavilion that defines a space for outdoor work and relaxation.  This new structure is composed of 28 steel pots, each holding sufficient earth for a single, Mexican Fence Post Cactus (Lemaireocereus Marginatus).  The pots are positioned in six parallel lines of pots, running east-west.

from: Eric Owen Moss