A concrete retail and parking structure in Los Angeles, City View uses metal panels to create a vivid façade on one of the city’s busiest streets. Designed by Culver City, Calif.–based Abramson Teiger Architects, City View is an aboveground parking garage that has a skin of sculpted metal panels that are used as a billboard for the structure’s ground-floor retail space and a screening device for the upper-level parking. During the day, the shadows cast from the sun create patterns along the structure’s outer façade. At night, LED uplights highlight the expanded metal mesh of the panels, which allows for natural ventilation to the parking levels while also creating a divide between the cars and pedestrians.
“It’s modest, it’s cool, it’s fun, it’s really creative. They’re dumb kind of screens, if you will, but it’s great. It’s just a very free building.” —Andre Kikoski
Project City View, Los Angeles
Client 3rd Street City View
Architect Abramson Teiger Architects, Culver City, Calif.
General Contractor Del Amo Construction
Metal Product Installer Cal-State Steel Corp.
Structural Engineer Weidlinger Associates
Lighting Designer Kaplan Gehring McCarroll
Size 2,800 square feet
Screens McNichols Co. (Quality Standard Expanded metal mesh, Carbon Zinc primed and painted) mcnichols.com