Central Los Angeles Area High School #9 for the Visual and Performing Arts (or Ramón C. Cortines School of the Visual and Performing Arts)--page 2 (of two pages)

Coop Himmelb(l)au

The far end of the Visual Arts Building--at the intersection of Grand Avenue and Cesar Chavez Street


Another entrance

In addition to the public entrance on Grand Avenue there is a second entrance located at the intersection of Grand Avenue and Cesar Chavez Street. Behind the gated entrance a processional way--large stair way-- leads to the center of the campus where the library and theater are situated. The library, an asymmetrical cone with a truncated top, is at the center of the school courtyard--visible on the left photo. It is symbolically important that the library is at the center as a way of emphasizing the importance of accumulated knowledge.


Views of the entrance for students and faculty


Classroom buildings along the periphery of the complex


Performing Arts Theater

Within the central area the theater consists of two indoor performance halls (fixed state and black box), and even an outdoor amphitheater. Like the library, also a sculptural form, the Tower is clad in bead blasted stainless steel, a reflective surface which emphasizes the sculptural quality.

Tower symbol--a visible and sculptural landmark

A spiral ramp shaped like the number 9 is located on top of the theater's fly-loft. .

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See also John S. and James L. Knight Building, Akron Art Museum by Coop Himmelb(l)au

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