Find the Seven Differences in the Coop Himmelb(l)au Los Angeles High School

    Since I've been posting so much on what I think Wolf Prix / Coop Himmelb(l)au's High School in Los Angeles looks like, I thought I'd post a photo of an earlier model of the thing. This is labeled 2002 - 2007; as seen in a book of the architects' writings called, Get Off of My Cloud.

    Two page image combined. Click to enlarge.

    And as built.

    I like the cube in the air in the original design. Might have added to the "roadside architecture" and "Googie"-ness of it. A la


    In the introduction to Get Off of My Cloud, Jeffrey Kipnis writes,
    Like all architects everywhere, Coop Himmelb(l)au loves to wrestle with Newton's gravity, architecture's best friend. But what compels Coop Himmelb(l)au is the struggle against another gravity, another force that pretends to be as natural, as inevitable as the first. But no yoke is natural, no oppression inevitable.

    "an architecture with fantasy, as buoyant and variable as clouds"

    Anybody want to run this fantasy and make it real?
    LOS ANGELES - Five months from its planned opening, the $232 million High School for the Visual and Performing Arts remains entangled in a bitter political battle over who should control and run the landmark facility: the Los Angeles Unified School District or a charter organization.

    Additionally, the school at 450 N. Grand Ave. is without a principal, as this month the second high-profile East Coast candidate who had initially accepted the job reversed course and turned it down.

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