Caltrans District 7 Headquarters, Morphosis. Los Angeles, 2004

Thom Mayne, Morphosis,

Los Angeles, USA,

Headquarters, Offices, Public Buildings,

Morphosis' new Caltrans (California Department of Transportation) headquarters fit into the heart of Los Angeles with their absolutely innovative, revolutionary design.

Caltrans District 7 Headquarters, Morphosis. Los Angeles, 2004 Covered with a mechanical surface which is alternately open or closed, depending on weather conditions, the Caltrans District building immediately reveals its most basic characteristic to the public: its capacity for transformation.
At dawn the building is transparent; halfway through the day it closes up to protect the interior from the sun, and at night the facade seems to step back to invite the lobby outside to communicate with the city. Mayne?s project behaves just like the iris in the eye: it opens up to seek light when the light level is low, and closes when the light becomes dazzling.


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