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"Office of the future" aims to be a rising star in Hollywood

"Office of the future" aims to...
The Star would have 22 floors and feature significant greenery, both inside and out
The Star would have 22 floors and feature significant greenery, both inside and out
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The Star would have 22 floors and feature significant greenery, both inside and out
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The Star would have 22 floors and feature significant greenery, both inside and out
The Star's overall form is inspired by the Hollywood Hills
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The Star's overall form is inspired by the Hollywood Hills

The latest US project by the always interesting MAD Architects sees the studio design a striking glazed tower for Hollywood. Described as the office of the future by the firm, the high-rise building would include lots of greenery and foster a healthy work/life balance for those working inside.

The tower is named the Star, which is a reference to its slated location on Sunset Boulevard, in the heart of Hollywood. MAD also says its design is meant to evoke the Hollywood Hills, which we can't really see in its current form, though drawing inspiration from nature is something that the firm is genuinely passionate about and previous projects have been shaped like mountains and clouds.

Though details are still light at this early stage, we know the high-rise would consist of a total of 22 floors and would feature significant greenery, including tree-filled terraces. The floorplans are designed to be flexible and to offer multiple gathering spaces, as well as easy access to the greenery.

"The Star extends Hollywood's creation of dream worlds and vibrant futures to architecture and expresses the power of imagination across industries," says MAD. "It promotes a healthier office environment, where nature, light, and open space are accessible to all employees. In this office of the future, these life-enhancing forces aren't limited amenities, but are integral to work. Hollywood has been a signature center for culture and creativity for a long time. The Star will be the new iconic landmark in Hollywood and continue to nurture the public's inspiration and creativity."

The Star's overall form is inspired by the Hollywood Hills
The Star's overall form is inspired by the Hollywood Hills

The renders also depict some kind of glass elevators on its exterior that appear to be mounted on tracks. Indeed, according to Designboom, they would act like a funicular rail track and offer access to an observation point and restaurant up at the top of the high-rise. The building will also reportedly meet the LEED green building standard for its energy efficient operation.

We've no word yet on whether or not the Star has been given the go-ahead for construction at this early stage but will keep you posted as more details emerge. In the meantime, MAD is also nearing completion on its equally unusual Lucas Museum of Narrative Art elsewhere in LA.

Source: MAD

5 comments
5 comments
clay
That is actually a very cool design. Give a person a compelling view and contemplation, rather than contempt, will occupy those moments between tasks.
paul314
That top floor looks like a nice solar oven.
Derek Howe
That looks really nice, But I agree with Paul on that top dome.
Aermaco
There is much Architecture being designed recently that has bad structural logic by being void of the natural forces in form and the efficiency of materials. So many appear to be grasping for different extremes thus becoming very unnatural structurally. Bad structural form is a bit disturbing even if sculpturally attractive.

With that said, I applaud the searching for evolving architeural forms if they improve human emvironments and then any added structural materials wont be wasted If it can stand for centuries shrugging off the micro bursts that WILL keep increasing.

I know it will be designed for code wind speeds but how much will they add in needed steel strength for the low proability micro burst tornado wind speeds? It is unlikely to have that potential need in added cost of steel to reach the strength that a natural form would have for high winds with far less steel buried in it.
christopher
Pretty!!! and pretty-annoying for everyone in the reflection-zone during sunrise and sunset...