Highlights From Three Projects for Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP

Over the course of the past three years I’ve been fortunate enough to have the opportunity to work closely with one of the most well-recognized architectural firms in the world—Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM). Now, I’m thrilled to share some gallery images from three shoots I’ve done for SOM in and around Los Angeles.

Sunset La Cienega Residences

SLC VideoYou may know this sprawling mixed-use residential development as AKA West Hollywood, but at the time of the shoot it was still known as the SLC Residences at the corner of Sunset and La Cienega boulevards. In addition to capturing a series of still images of the building’s eye-catching façade, this project also constituted my first foray into drone videography. With the help of the aerial cinematography specialists at Drone Dudes, we were able to record an aerial montage of the 388,000 square-foot complex’s exterior that showcases its best features against the backdrop of a stunning sunrise over Los Angeles.

This expansive residential development is characterized by a folded façade that casts dramatic shifting shadows as the Southern California sun traverses its surface. Meanwhile, residents of the development’s two eight-story towers can enjoy breathtaking views of the Los Angeles Basin and surrounding area. This project was completed in a joint effort between SOM and Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects (LOHA).

United States Federal Courthouse   

U.S. Federal CourthouseLocated in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, this structure is instantly recognizable thanks to its innovative “floating cube” design. From street level, the monolithic glass building seems to defy gravity as it hovers over its concrete foundation. SOM’s architects describe the structure as “both modern in spirt and rooted in classic principles of federal architecture.”

Notable features of the courthouse include a rooftop photovoltaic array and pleated window panes that are designed to facilitate airflow and reduce the structure’s annual solar radiation load by as much as 47 percent. These environmentally-friendly design features allowed the U.S. Federal Courthouse to achieve LEED® Platinum certification and meet the General Services Administration’s 2020 energy objective.

UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine

David Geffen SchoolNot only was the clean, contemporary design of Geffen Hall captured during this shoot, I was also graced with some wonderful candid moments from members of the student body. The interior shots had the benefit of ample natural light from the building’s windows, while the exterior shots showcase the structure’s uniquely Californian setting.

With its generous use of open space and lush foliage, the David Geffen School of Medicine is able to foster a relaxed, inviting environment that supports the most current technologies and teaching styles. The overall effect simply seems to make students want to learn. It’s a welcome departure from some of the more sterile academic buildings on other college campuses. Through these images, you can catch glimpses of the lively educational atmosphere that typifies this gorgeous campus.

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