California-based architect Eric Owen Moss, who seems to have a penchant for affixing amorphous, Gehry-esque structures on buildings, has answered one the most burning questions of our forefathers: how is civilization supposed to make parking structures less of an eyesore? His response is a bit different than those solutions proposed by other starchitects: pile a bunch of crazy stuff on them. Moss' Pterodactyl—its official title—is actually a 20,000-square-foot, two-story office perched atop a four-story garage. The structure—which looks more than a little like Frank Gehry's biology-inspired museum in Panama City—is set to grace the smoggy skies of L.A. County's Culver City by this time next year.
So what accounts for the building's likeness to the extinct avian reptile? Well, its wings and sunken head are composed of nine rectangular prisms, which "contain nine essential program elements for the office building, including closed office space, open office, conference facilities, a cafeteria, a library, computer facilities, mechanical equipment, an employee lounge, and a media and production area," per the architect's description. The project, featured on Architizer today, is inching toward a January 2014 completion date. More funky renderings, below.
· Eric Owen Moss' Pterodactyl [Official Site]
· Eric Owen Moss Plunks A Nine-Winged "Pterodactyl" Atop An LA Parking Garage [Architizer]
· Here Now, Photos of Gehry's Whimsical Museum in Panama [Curbed National]