Everyone everywhere has seen the stacked-disk exterior of Hollywood's Capitol Records Building (although it's a myth that it's meant to look like a stack of disks), but mostly only lucky employees get to go inside. God bless the Getty, then, for throwing a preview at the building this week for its Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in LA (a follow up to last year's mid-century SoCal art mega-survey and on which more later)--the event was held inside one of the three studios on the building's ground floor and we also toured a few of the office floors upstairs. Capitol Records is owned by EMI, which was recently bought by Universal Music Group, so some spaces are getting a little work done right now (including the main lobby and the new Virgin Records offices on the twelfth floor). The building was built in 1956 and designed by Louis Naidorf in architect Welton Becket's office; it's a hot topic lately because developers Millennium Partners and Argent Ventures want to surround it with a couple of tall towers and lots of public plazas. Up above, take a spin.
· First Plans Released For Huge Towers Next to Capitol Records [Curbed LA]