What is the largest building in LA with net zero energy usage? This guy: the new offices of Morphosis Architects in Culver City. The project is at once muscular, techno-savvy and light. The project is muscular in a way that most Morphosis projects are – by highlighting the strength of steel with a cantilevers or large and dramatic steel frame. Here, a cantilever greets folks as soon as they drive into the gated parking lot.
The project is techno-savvy as it incorporates a bevy of innovative technologies. Not just the photovoltaic array that shades employee parking and provides the building with most of its energy, but technologies like the windcatchers installed on the roof. This is the first time these windcatchers have been installed in the states, and they reduce the energy usage of the building by ventilating the space in a way that moderates its temperature. And the project is light. The interior is bright and evenly-lit. There are white walls, a sloping white ceiling, and even a white floor in some spaces. Sixteen skylights light the large studio space; their perimeters are surrounded by florescent lighting for all the late nights employees surely find themselves working.