In the news this week is the new Emerson College campus in Hollywood. LA, California. In comparison with the discrete outposts in which US universities base themselves in London, UK, Emerson College in Boston.Massachusetts and it architects Morphosis have announced its arrival in Hollywood with a dramatic, bold – and perhaps over-designed – building which will accommodate over 217 undergraduate students. The building’s triumphal arch exterior accommodates ten storeys of student housing, with the sculptural central elements housing teaching and learning spaces and administration, connected by terraces and bridges.
The building will work in LA, with its unique urban character and its Californian climate. “The entire building becomes a stage set for student films, screenings and industry events, with the Hollywood sign, the city of Los Angeles and the Pacific Ocean in the distance providing added scenery,” said the design team. “Fundamental to the Emerson Los Angeles experience, student living circumstances give structure to the overall building. Housing up to 217 students, the domestic zones frame a dynamic core dedicated to creativity, learning, and social interaction. Composed of two slender residential towers connected by a helistop, the 10-storey square frame encloses a central open volume to create a flexible outdoor “room”.” (Design Statement from Morphosis).