Los Angeles, CA 1991 Water: WET Architect: Skidmore, Owings and Merrill Landscape Architect: Olin Partnership Photography, Ira Kahn Water engages building elements and interweaves among columns and voids, emphasizing the ambiguity between the lobby’s interior and the adjacent, exterior garden. Horizontal bands of water are positioned between each of the buildings columns within the interior elevator lobby. Hundreds of tiny water jets impact the underside of glass panels, set flush with the surrounding dry, granite floor. The result is an intricately patterned animation of water activity under foot. Once outside, the glass covers are removed and the water bands are expressed as a linear pattern of sprouting jets that traverse the exterior space. Between them are fields of shallow water that coat the ground plane and mirror the building, landscape and the commissioned mural by Frank Stella. Stella's work, "Dusk" was completed for the building in 1991 and spans the entire length at 72'x 332'.
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