West Hollywood Civic Center
The project was submitted for an international competition to select and build a new civic center for West Hollywood. From over 290 entries it was one of five projects chosen to compete for the final selection. The Civic Center is conceived as an urban park, with the proposed buildings establishing the edge of the block. The interior of the block not only satisfies the brief’s program for specific recreational facilities, but asserts a civic function with a featured council chamber building modeled on a circular underground kiva, with a ceremonial plaza–roof level overlooking the park. The long curved main building reflects the adjoining boulevard’s characteristic bend, and presents a contrasting foil to the Pacific Design Center’s adjacent three buildings. The street–facing glass skin elevation suggests the ideal transparent political body; and the varied–stone park elevation is conversely designed as its grounded, ’earthy’ counterpart.