Qualified Condition

October 14, 2008

Fancy Fire Station

Filed under: Building Plays Well With Others, Great Places in Greater LA — qualifiedcondition @ 10:10 pm

You know that lot at the corner of Hollywood and Van Ness that has been vacant for about a billion years?  Well here’s what’s being built there within the next couple of months.  It’s Fire Station 82.  I think it looks pretty handsome.

The purple Seventh Day Adventist church across the street is a significant piece of architecture (and this neighborhood as a whole is pretty great) in my opinion, so I’m glad to see that something equally interesting is going in right here.  I love how the designers (RRM in good ol’ San Luis Obispo) managed to create an open ground floor with plenty of glass and shade and landscaping–even though it’s a fire house and not a commercial building.  Designers these days love to use towers, but this project has a tower that actually means something–it’s a stairtower and not some fake afterthought that doesn’t go anywhere or do anything (I’m talking to you LAUSD High School No. 9).

(A million dollars to whomever can tell me why my stupid google map link isn’t working up there)


1 Comment »

  1. It really is a cool project. I didn’t realize it was going to be in your ‘hood.

    A few months ago, I was at the AIA Central Coast Chapter design awards presentation where this won top honors, and I got to take a quick look at some of the drawings. Oh, and one of the principals at our office is married to the head of that department at RRM, and she got to go up and accept the award, so that was cool too.

    Comment by Bret — October 17, 2008 @ 5:41 am

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