An exterior view of Emerson College Los Angeles from West Sunset Blvd. photo credit for Iwan Baan (http://www.iwan.com)

Kicked off by a ticketed gala on Saturday, March 8, a week-long series of events celebrates the grand opening of Emerson College Los Angeles (ELA). Designed by architect UCLA Distinguished Professor Thom Mayne of Morphosis, the new building-with its bold structure and sweeping forms ––is an architecturally significant addition to the Hollywood skyline. The new sustainable facility feature a host of innovative amenities designed to provide students with the opportunity to pursue their creativity. The 10-story structure houses up to 217 students and includes wired classroom, an open -air screening and live-performances space, a Dolby Surround 7.1 audio post-production suite, a 4k screening room, computer labs, mixing suites, and a planned green screen motion capture stage. 

An areil shot of the new Emerson College Los Angeles. photo credit for Iwan Baan (http://www.iwan.com)

Based in Boston, Massachusetts, Emerson is renowned for its communication and arts curriculum. Located in the heart of Hollywood, Emerson College Los Angeles (ELA) defines the College’s identity in the center of the entertainment industry and the second largest city in the United States. The new facility establishes a permanent home on Sunset Boulevard for Emerson College’s existing undergraduate internship program that will extend the ELA experience to students studying in any of the seven disciplines that are offered through the School of Communication and the School of the Arts. 

Bringing student housing, instructional facilities, and administrative offices to one location, ELA condenses the diversity of a college campus into an urban site. Looking to the local context, the center finds a provocative precedent in the interiority of Hollywood film studios, where outwardly regular façades house flexible, fantastical spaces within. With rigging for screens, media connections, sound, and lighting incorporated into the façade’s metal framework, this dynamic visual backdrop also serves as a flexible armature for outdoor performances. The entire building becomes a stage set for student films, screenings, and industry events. 

Anticipated to achieve a LEED Gold rating, the new center champions Emerson’s commitment to both sustainable design and community responsibility. 

An exterior view of Emerson College Los Angeles from West Sunset Blvd. photo credit for Iwan Baan (http://www.iwan.com)