Emerson College LA is designed by Morphosis with a series of custom facade systems design-engineered, manufactured, and installed by Zahner. The new Emerson College campus in Los Angeles provides a landmark for film and performing arts students of the Boston-based college to study in an immersive environment. The innovative design by the esteemed architects at Morphosis provides an integrated and efficient experience for both visitors and students.Working with Zahner's Design Assist team of engineers, designers and fabricators, this generative design was developed for manufacturing. A team of Zahner installers completed the project in Los Angeles, providing the new campus with a visually compelling, efficiently envisioned, and rapidly completed building envelope system.
Building the Emerson College at Los Angeles
Zahner was brought onto the project based on previous work with the architects on projects such as Cooper Union New Academic Building in New York City, Eugene Federal Courthouse in Oregon, Gates Hall at Cornell and also an interior project which may have been the first Morphosis project to feature this kind of generative design, Clyde Frazier's Wine & Dine in New York City.
The generative design of its scrim isn't the only aspect of engineering and manufacture that Zahner worked on for the project. Zahner's scope of work included both the engineered aluminum scrim wall as well as the dual-curvature forms contained within the building's square structure.
At the building's core is a complex form which contains many of the presentation rooms, classrooms and administrative spaces.