Bands (2015 R+D Awards Citation)

Jul 31, 2015

Eric Owen Moss Architects eschews the Cartesian coordinate system to design an exoskeleton that speaks to the building's use. The tangle of steel arcs that wraps the 16-story office tower (W)rapper in Los Angeles is fully structural. Eleven of the 14 bands serve as the 230-foot-tall building’s primary load-bearing system and provide lateral stiffness. The exoskeleton also enables a column-free interior and variable floor-to-ceiling heights and contributes to the unique views from each floor.

Project: Bands
Design Firm: Eric Owen Moss Architects

(2015 R+D Awards recipient)

R+D Awards
ARCHITECT magazine’s annual R+D Awards program honors the research and technologies that have advanced the profession at every scale—from design strategies and building products to fabrication methods, installations, software, and materials.

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Hanley Wood

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