About
647AR

AC Martin

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power

1965

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power Headquarters (renamed the John Ferraro Building in 2000) provided a central headquarters complex that consolidated eleven scattered offices of one of the nation’s largest public utilities on a 13-acre hillside site which formed the westerly terminus of the Los Angeles Civic Center at the time of completion. The 17-story office building served as a complete “working city” for 4,000 civil service employees with a base structure accommodating 2,400 cars. The typical office floor is approximately an acre in size, with a total of approximately 1,635,000 SF. A helistop located on the penthouse level facilitated the Department’s field inspections.

Outstanding design features included the development of a straightforward, strong and simple building form with a horizontal emphasis of a translucent character, acting as a complementary neighbor to the buildings within the Civic Center and the Music Center. A major part of its aesthetic character was determined by the use of illumination as a design element and in the development of a unique three-dimensional “space increment,” which provided a “balanced environment” concept of cooling and lighting.

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
34°03'28.7"N 118°14'58.7"W

Location: Los Angeles, USA
Type: Offices, Public Space, Civic Centre

Photography: Julius Shulman


Posted: July 2019
Category: Architecture

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