Architecture firm Morphosis has been hanging out in a temporary space within spitting distance of their future home in Culver City ever since ditching their longtime Santa Monica headquarters last year, but it looks like it's about time to get out the bubble wrap and packing tape. Morphosis's lease is up on their neighboring transitional spot and the firm needs to get out by July 1, according to the Architect's Newspaper's blog. The still under construction site of the firm's new compound, located adjacent to those fresh Expo Line tracks in Culver City, has seen some delays since getting underway last summer thanks to this year's soggy weather. But now that the pressure's on to get out, building has sped up.
According to our friends at the A/N Blog, Morphosis's new West Coast home will feature a double-height structure decked out with perforated metal panels and plywood, with vines and other flora twining along trellises. In addition to offices and workspaces, the interior will host a gallery of the firm's work, in-process mock-ups, and even some art by principal Thom Mayne himself. The building can also double as a Y2K cabin, with photovoltaic panels that can take it off-grid and skylights allowing in lots of post-June gloom natural light. Super-stealthy with their secret design, Morphosis has not shared renderings, but you can see some work in progress photos over at A/N Blog. And for a preview of what to expect inside the offices, check out Morphosis's webcams, which feature enlightening stills of what appears to be the inside of a cargo hold, a nice shot of a vintage copy machine, and an architect who doesn't blink.
·Crunch Time for Morphosis Offices[A/N Blog]
·Morphosis Ditching Santa Monica, Moving to Culver City?[Curbed LA]