Not All of L.A.’s Architectural Marvels Are Vintage

Peek inside a new book that celebrates more recent additions to the city’s beautiful built environment

New to the Los Angeles magazine bookshelf this month is New Architecture Los Angeles by photographer Mike Kelley and museum director Brooke Hodge. The pair hunted down a collection of the most dynamic buildings of the last 20 years that help explain efforts to transform of our suburban metropolis into a solar-fueled, high-density, pedestrian-powered utopia.

Caltrans District 7 Headquarters
MORPHOSIS
100 South Main Street Downtown Los Angeles 2005

From New Architecture Los Angeles by Mike Kelly (Prestel Publishing, 2019)

South Campus Project, Los Angeles Trade Technical College
GRUEN ASSOCIATES
400 West Washington Boulevard, Downtown Los Angeles 2010

From New Architecture Los Angeles by Mike Kelly (Prestel Publishing, 2019)

“Los Angeles is a city of limitless potential and vast geographical reach,” Hodge writes. Our hometown is still more than 500 square miles, but we’re starting to get to know our neighbors better.

The Broad
DILLER SCOFIDIO + RENFRO with GENSLER
221 South Grand Avenue, Downtown Los Angeles 2015

From New Architecture Los Angeles by Mike Kelly (Prestel Publishing, 2019)

Cathedral of our Lady of the Angeles
RAFAEL MONEO
555 West Temple Street, Downtown Los Angeles 2002

From New Architecture Los Angeles by Mike Kelly (Prestel Publishing, 2019)

Los Angeles spent the second half of the last century perfecting a collection of far flung (but affordable) single-family homes filled with gardens and hammocks and backyard barbecues. A hundred neighborhoods are all linked together by an asphalt ribbon full of friendly mom-and-pop shops all blinking and winking trying to lure you into their wide-open parking lots.

United Oil Gas Station
KANNER ARCHITECTS
4700 West Slauson Avenue Windsor Hills 2009

From New Architecture Los Angeles by Mike Kelly (Prestel Publishing, 2019)

Santa Monica Public Library, Pico Branch
KONING EIZENBERG
ARCHITECTURE
2201 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica 2014

From New Architecture Los Angeles by Mike Kelly (Prestel Publishing, 2019)

The 21st century has brought us cubes of color tucked and folded into the in between. We have miracles of conservation with energy-sipping structures that seem to literally run on sunshine. There are tales of talented designers turning abandoned factories and a downtrodden lodge hall into temples of art. Go L.A.!

Tongva Park
JAMES CORNER
FIELD OPERATIONS
1615 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica 2013

From New Architecture Los Angeles by Mike Kelly (Prestel Publishing, 2019)

Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
SPF:A
9390 North Santa Monica Boulevard Beverly Hills 2013

From New Architecture Los Angeles by Mike Kelly (Prestel Publishing, 2019)

Most of the works in the book are commercial and civic buildings, and the names (Eric Owen Moss, Renzo Piano, Thom Mayne) would be expected on any lineup of an all-star team of architects. I was pleased to see that so many legacy firms (A.C. Martin, Victor Gruen, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill) still made the list.

Pterodactyl
ERIC OWEN MOSS ARCHITECTS
3540 Hayden Avenue, Culver City 2015

From New Architecture Los Angeles by Mike Kelly (Prestel Publishing, 2019)

Emerson College Los Angeles
MORPHOSIS
5960 Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood, 2014

From New Architecture Los Angeles by Mike Kelly (Prestel Publishing, 2019)

Hodge predicts that more mass transit, the 2028 Olympics, and Frank Gehry’s remake of the Los Angeles River will continue to transform the city, and that’s all great. But here’s hoping we don’t lose the open sky, the ease of travel, and casual character that brought us ten million neighbors to begin with.

Cahill Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics, California Institute of Technology
MORPHOSIS
1216 East California Boulevard Pasadena 2009

From New Architecture Los Angeles by Mike Kelly (Prestel Publishing, 2019)

The Gores Group Headquarters
BELZBERG ARCHITECTS
9800 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills 2014

From New Architecture Los Angeles by Mike Kelly (Prestel Publishing, 2019)


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