Like many projects, the Morphosis-designed Emerson College Los Angeles has a construction camera that allows anyone with internet access and the latest Flash plugin to watch the slow-going construction process. It’s an excruciating pace for me but some folks find it entertaining. The project was developed over the course of nearly three years before construction started. The project will finish sometime in 2014, providing Seniors from the Boston-based Emerson College with a place to stay while they intern within the television and film industry.
Like many of Morphosis’ projects the work slowly taking shape at the corner of Sunset and Gordon Street looks stunning, but I recognize that not everyone will appreciate the concrete angles and metal louvers. Their designs can be somewhat agressive for folks who prefer a more subdued built environment. The project reminds me a bit of the Vakko Fashion Center designed by REX.
The difference is that, in Los Angeles, the project is turned on its side. Maybe that’s appropriate for a city once described, saying “Tip the world over on its side and everything loose will land in Los Angeles.” For an institution putting concrete and steel roots down into the sandy soil of LA, Morphosis is providing a beautiful trap for the students who want to land in the middle of Hollywood.