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(W)rapper by Eric Owen Moss Architects
Photo by Tom Bonner Photography

Architect Eric Owen Moss has completed the (W)rapper office tower in Los Angeles, named for its facade-covering structural system.

The 72-meter tower features a T-shaped plan, with a primary curved volume housing most of the floor space, and an externalised core holding circulation and additional rooms.

(W)rapper's glass and steel exterior support system extends from internal I beams to isolators below ground. The fireproof cementitious plaster-clad wraps are grey, with a matching external zigzag staircase.

Moss says his design provides earthquake resistance, offering a safe, long-lasting building with column-free floorplans. He believes (W)rapper's longevity will mitigate its carbon footprint over time.

Located along the Expo Line light rail connecting West Los Angeles with Downtown, the project provides a new conception of an urban office building connected to transit.

This project has been longlisted in the workplace project category of Dezeen Awards 2023.

Studio: Eric Owen Moss Architects
Project: (W)rapper
Credits: Samitaur Constructs, Matt Construction, Stegeman and Kastner, Arup, WSPLand Images, Green Dinosaur, Earth Support Systems, J.O. Nelson and Associates, Vantage, Antonio Acoustics, KOA Corporation, Jon Wiseman

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