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Caltrans District 7 Headquarters


The architectural complex of the Caltrans District 7 Headquarters of the California transportation department has a 4-storey base onto which another block partly rests, giving a total building height of 13 floors. A large, multi-purpose urban square courses towards the dynamic architectural complex, which in turn comes out to meet the plaza. The jagged geometries of canopies, and mix of graphics, architecture and art are at one with a context synonymous with speed. The building’s material language, structural elements, and the way the components are varied and co-ordinated all give a contemporary reading in terms of transformation. The architecture is there to appear and denote, its single elements deliberately distorted or mutated - like the outer skin of the west façade that folds slightly into a canopy, or the public square that reaches into the building to...

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