This L.A. office building’s steel bands are an exoskelton

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This L.A. office building's steel bands are an exoskelton
Culver City developer Samitaur Constructs and Eric Owen Moss Architects plan a unique building, known as the (W)rapper, near the border of Los Angeles and Culver City

Near the border of South Los Angeles and Culver City, developers Frederick and Laurie Samitaur Smith plan on making a statement.

The couple, who helped transform the surrounding area into a hub for unique architecture, envisions yet another cutting-edge structure: an eccentric 17-story office tower with steel ribbons wrapped around floor-to-ceiling glass windows.

“I believe it will be a demonstrative statement of innovation,” said Frederick Samitaur Smith. ”There is a lot of innovation, hope and aspiration in that one building.”

The unique features are many.

They include steel bands that will cover the buildings exterior like a spider-web. And the structures — not interior columns — will support the tower, serving as an exoskeleton. Floors will have varying heights and the elevator will be attached to the side of the building so not to waste space in the tower’s center.

Those features will give tenants a dramatic opportunity to design their own offices. Such flexibility is increasingly coveted by companies and also a rarity in high-rise towers, which are known for their uniformity. […]