With his Cooper Union Academic Building nearing completion in New York City, Thom Mayne has been selected to design yet another educational facility: the permanent home for Emerson College’s Los Angeles Center. The Boston-based institution has maintained an LA-based entertainment-focused program for 20 years. Its approximately 95 students currently take classes in a rented Burbank space and live in the nearby Oakwood Apartments.
“This is an ideal project for us and for Los Angeles," said Mayne in a statement. "We are looking forward to realizing, in our own city, a building that meets the programmatic needs of the institution, expresses Emerson’s unique identity and spirit, and makes a significant contribution to one of L.A.’s most dynamic urban contexts." The planned complex will be located, appropriately, in Hollywood and will house both academic and residential buildings. The 37,244-square-foot lot at the corner of Sunset and Gordon streets was purchased by the school last year.