Expo Line passengers in-between the Culver City and La Cienega/Jefferson Stations might be getting some very noticeable eye candy in the not-so-distant future. Believe it or not, LADBS permits appear to be in the works for (W)rapper, the poorly-named, Eric Owen Moss-designed creative office building slated for the intersection of Jefferson and National Boulevards.
Due to an extremely high floor-to-ceiling ratio, the 12-story tower would stand 230 feet tall, giving it a monolithic presence within the primarily low-rise Baldwin Hills neighborhood. Consisting of just over 150,000 square feet of office space, (W)rapper's design would utilize a "continuous system of curvilinear ribbons," to allow for completely open floor plans. The tower would rise above three levels of parking -- one at-grade and two below ground.
The project is being developed by Samitaur Constructs, landlord of the Conjunctive Points creative office haven. The firm has engaged in a successful partnership with Eric Owen Moss Architects over the past several decades, creating a multitude of undulating structures that fascinate potential tenants and passersby alike. (W)rapper would be their most ambitious collaboration to date, and one of only a handful inside Los Angeles city limits.
Located at 5790 Jefferson Boulevard, the creative office tower would sit within walking distance of La Cienega/Jefferson Station. Although many of the blocks surrounding the elevated tracks are car-oriented in design, several properties could lend themselves to a future mixed-use community. Notably, the 10-acre site that currently houses the KLOS/KABC radio broadcast facility was put up for sale late last year. Further south, development rumors have also floated around a 5-acre, city-owned property on Jefferson Boulevard.
- Video Flythrough of Eric Owen Moss' Creative Office Tower (Building Los Angeles)
- (W)rapper (Eric Owen Moss Architects)
- 5790 W. Jefferson Boulevard 90016 (LADBS)