Appearing almost creature-like, the Pterodactyl Office in Culver City, California was among the 13 projects that won national recognition in the AISC 2017 IDEAS2 Awards earlier this year. Locally based Eric Owen Moss Architects designed the building, while Nast Enterprises Corp., Los Angeles (who entered the project to the competition) was in charge of structural engineering. The project won in the “Projects Less than $15 Million” category.
The angular office building was constructed right on top of an existing 4-story steel-framed parking garage. Several existing columns are cantilevered beyond the top of the parking structure to provide support for the mezzanine and roof superstructure. The building's structural configuration comprises nine “rotated ‘boxes’” that provide enough space at the corners and at their intersections to accommodate the elements of the structure.
Evidently, the Pterodactyl Office's structural design impressed the IDEAS2 competition jury. “The design overcame the inherent limitations of supporting the new building over the existing parking structure layout,” commented Ben Varela, founding principal at WORKPOINT engineering, and the structural engineer juror in the competition.
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