LAPD Motor Transport Division + Main Street Parking
Los Angeles, CA / Completed 2010
New Digs: Located in Downtown Los Angeles, one block from the Los Angeles Police Department’s new headquarters, this 300,000 square foot, 5-story concrete structure integrates three components that typically stand on their own: an 800 car parking structure for the LAPD’s employees; a mechanics’ garage, car wash, and refueling station for the LAPD’s top brass; and a culturally-oriented retail component along Main Street.
Street life: In order to minimize its impact on the developing neighborhood, the mechanics’ garage is located at the rear of the site, a half level below the street. The main volume of the structure is set back from the sidewalk in order to preserve views of St. Vibiana’s Cathedral, which until recently was the home of the Archdiocese and now serves as a cultural center. Slated to be an art gallery, the one-story retail component sits immediately on the sidewalk in order to enliven and activate life along the street. Its glass curtain wall will allow the art to have an enlivening presence for both pedestrians and passing cars alike.
Downtown Renaissance: Holding all these elements together is an undulating, vertically-banded, stainless steel mesh screen which stretches across the full width of the 300-foot long structure. Painted in a pattern of leaf-like forms with two tones of green, it creates a dynamic, joyful image that represents the “greening” of Los Angeles. It also provides a high level of security for the LAPD employees in a manner that allows the structure to be naturally ventilated. Not shying away from its own presence, at night its glowing screen contributes a warm, friendly glow to the general renaissance of Downtown LA.
- Principal-in-Charge: John Friedman
Project Architects: Claudia Kessner, Robert McFadden
Project Designer: Robert McFadden
Project Team: Alice Kimm, Patrick Hwang, Ben Ragle
Project Assistant: Eric Bono, Yoji Eguchi
Co-Architect of Record: DMJM Design Roth + Sheppard JV
Structural, Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing Engineer: TMAD Taylor & Gaines
Landscape Architect: Melendrez Landscape Architects
Lighting Design: HLB Lighting Design
Graphic Design: Kaminski Kaneko Design
General Contractor: S.J. Amoroso
- City of Los Angeles, Bureau of Engineering for Los Angeles Police Department
- 2009 AIA/Los Angeles, Presidential Honor Award: Building Team of the Year