“Located on Main Street, just south of City Hall, this facility will provide parking, a mechanics garage, and a fuelling station for the Los Angeles Police Department’s new headquarters. A series of undulating metal mesh screens are intended to veil the building, while simultaneously providing security and allowing the structure to breathe.”
To spice up the LAPD parking garage John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects chose to create a unique facade made from architectural woven wire mesh.
Creating coloured façades with architectural wire mesh presents the opportunity to create some highly unusual and individual designs. Areas of colour and complex motifs can be painted directly onto the mesh and displayed over the entire façade.
The mesh is painted with an overlay of larger and smaller leaf-like patterns in two different shades of green, with some areas of the pattern left unpainted. This allowed the architect to take advantage of the natural sparkle and reflective quality of the unpainted stainless steel. The painted mesh is suspended from the building by a series of more than 150 pipe struts around the cantilevered walkways of the various parking levels.
To realize the undulating form of the façade, wire mesh panels of EGLA-MONO 4832 are split into vertically and horizontally tensioned elements. 49 architectural mesh elements totalling a quantity of about 1,300 m² were installed. 34 vertical panels stretch across the full width of the structure. All panels are equipped with the Haver & Boecker standard mounting system “flat tension profile with clevis bolts”.
Location: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
Architect: John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects (JFAK)
Project name: Los Angeles Police Department LAPD MTD+MSP Parking Garage
Building Area: 300,000 sqf
Type: parking garage
Photography: Haver & Boecker OHG