Form & Function

Opening this fall, the Los Angeles High School No. 9 has been over 4 years in the making. Designed by Coop Himmelb(l)au and with a reported budget of over $237 million dollars, the school will house 1,700 students studying – appropriately – visual and performing arts, dance, and music.

A mix of concrete and steal, it’s more like a sculpture than a school. In an area of the city that can often feel unsafe, the building acts as a fortress of protection. Himmelb(l)au moved the buildings to the outer most edges in order to fortify the perimeter while keeping the inner-most areas open and organic.

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