The Gateway Art Tower, structurally being engineered by Arup, Los Angeles,will be the new 1,486 square feet massive steel structure that would stand on the demolition of 5,235 square feet of an existing 1940’s two-storey masonry building. Situated at the prominent corner of Hayden Avenue and National Boulevard, the structure will serve as the ‘Gateway’ for visitors to the ongoing Conjunctive Points development. Also with the future MTA Exposition light rail line along National Boulevard, this structure will also serve to announce the arrival into Culver City from the larger Los Angeles Metropolitan area.
The project envisages a light tower, 72′ in height, and approximately 30′ in diameter. The tower is composed as a series of conical ‘screen’ segments, each measuring 10′-6″ in height, stretched between a cantilevered steel ring beam armatures. The intention is for these surfaces to be backlit through projection and to achieve a glowing, unique sculptural form. The tower has five floors at 12′ intervals, each fed by one exterior stair and one glass enclosed elevator. The base of the tower is a hollow to provide a landscaped amphitheater.