Emerson LA

Emerson College at Los Angeles, California

The new Emerson College campus in Los Angeles provides a landmark for film and performing arts students of the Boston-based college to study in an emmersive environement. The innovative design by the esteemed architects at Morphosis provides an integrated and efficient experience for both visitors and students.

Working with Zahner's Design Assist team of engineers, designers and fabricators, this generative design is visually compelling, efficiently envisioned, and intelligently engineered.

Photo of View of Emerson College at Los Angeles from across Sunset Boulevard

View of Emerson College at Los Angeles from across Sunset Boulevard.
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Photo of Entrance stairs to the Emerson College at Los Angeles

Entrance stairs to the Emerson College at Los Angeles.
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Photo of View of Sunset Blvd and Hollywood Hills through the piazza stairway at Emerson LA

View of Sunset Blvd and Hollywood Hills through the piazza stairway at Emerson LA.
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Photo of Evening photograph of Emerson LA, featuring a view of the complex undulating surface created by Zahner

Evening photograph of Emerson LA, featuring a view of the complex undulating surface created by Zahner.
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Photo of Emerson College at LA

Emerson College Los Angeles.
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Photo of Emerson College Los Angeles

Emerson College Los Angeles.
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Photo of Emerson College Los Angeles

Emerson College Los Angeles.
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Photo of Emerson College Los Angeles

Emerson College Los Angeles.
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Photo of Emerson College Los Angeles

Emerson College Los Angeles.
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View of the exterior hallway at Emerson College Los Angeles.
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Photo of Emerson College Los Angeles

Emerson College Los Angeles.
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Photo of Emerson College Los Angeles

Emerson College Los Angeles.
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Photo of Photo detail of the louvered display during at the Emerson LA Campus.

Photo detail of the louvered display during at the Emerson LA Campus..
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Emerson College Los Angeles.
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Photo of Additional aluminum and stainless steel metalwork in the main gathering areas at Emerson LA

Additional aluminum and stainless steel metalwork in the main gathering areas at Emerson LA.
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Building the Emerson College at Los Angeles

Zahner was brought onto the project based on previous work with the architects on projects such as Cooper Union New Academic Building in New York City, Eugene Federal Courthouse in Oregon, Gates Hall at Cornell and also an interior project which may have been the first Morphosis project to feature this kind of generative design, Clyde Frazier's Wine & Dine in New York City.

The generative design of its scrim isn't the only aspect of engineering and manufacture that Zahner worked on for the project. At the building's core is a complex form which contains many of the presentation rooms, classwrooms and adminstrative spaces. To create the complex form with Morphosis, Zahner used its ZEPPS® building process, a structural facade system which allowed the architects to efficiently put together an otherwise complex form.

Zahner's scope of work included both the engineered aluminum scrim wall as well as the dual-curvature forms contained within its environs.

Display of the CAD panel layout design

Display of the CAD panel layout design.

Photo of the Emerson LA Campus at night

Photograph of the Emerson LA Campus at night.

The mockup for Emerson LA at the Zahner Headquarters in Kansas City

The mockup for Emerson LA at the Zahner Headquarters in Kansas City.

Photograph of the mockup, revealing the corridor which cuts through the facadeThe mockup for Emerson LA at the Zahner Headquarters in Kansas City

 

Photographs of the mockup, revealing the corridor which cuts through the facade.

Photograph showing both the ZEPPS® forms as well as the generative facade design

Photograph showing both the ZEPPS® forms as well as the generative facade design.

Detail of the Emerson LA facade against Hollywood Hills in California

Detail of the Emerson LA facade against Hollywood Hills in California.

Rendering of the Morphosis-designed Emerson LA Campus

Rendering of the Morphosis-designed Emerson LA Campus.
Rendering courtesy Morphosis.

Preliminary sketch by Thom Mayne of Morphosis for Emerson LA

Preliminary sketch by Thom Mayne of Morphosis for Emerson LA.
Drawing courtesy Morphosis.

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