Coop Himmelb(l)au's Big Boy

    I'm still trying to figure out the imagery of the new arts high school in Los Angeles, by Vienna's Wolf Prix / Coop Himmelb(l)au. It's due to open this fall. I tried when I first saw it. And again last fall. And again. And even at night.

    Why is it so unforgettable? Is the anthropomorphism? Is it because it's simple and big and reaches out to you as you speed by in an automobile?


    The side along Grand Avenue

    also recalls a more optimistic era

    At $232 million dollars for a high school - believed to be the second most expensive public high school ever built in the United States - I know those

    (ir)responsible for the Himmelb(l)au

    are glad they got it up before

    More tomorrow.
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