Published: 17 Sep 2015, 14:00:47
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Parking building meets ad agency in this architectural amalgum
The Pterodactyl, by Eric Owen Moss Architects, is an office building for an advertising agency atop a parking garage in a complex of new and remodeled buildings in Culver City, Los Angeles.
From the architect’s notes:
The parking structure is the conceptual podium for the office building which is formed by the intersection of nine rectangular boxes, supported on the steel column grid extended from the parking structure which was built in 1998.
The structure was designed to anticipate a future building, with steel columns extended above the top floor plate.
With the addition of the Pterodactyl in 2015, the final element of the complex is complete.
The Pterodactyl utilized Digital Project/Catia to provide advanced building information modeling (BIM), account for every detail of the building, and design complex structural and mechanical systems with a high level of control and precision.
The model provided a direct interface with engineers and fabricators, increasing the accuracy and level of detail of construction drawings.
Consultants collaborate directly in the model, providing a powerful tool for project management, cost estimating, and scheduling.