“”Concerned” is the word peer reviewer James O. Malley uses to describe his initial reaction, in 2014, to the performance-based seismic design for a 17-story office building in Los Angeles, several hundred feet from the Newport-Inglewood fault. Malley was especially taken aback by the PBSD of the tower portion of the building, dubbed the (W)rapper by its architect because of its exotic exoskeleton.
Instead of a traditional grid system, Eric Owen Moss Architects (EOMA) designed a steel exoskeleton with a diabolical—to engineer and erect—series of curvy and crisscrossing bands. At least to the uninitiated, the tower architecture is reminiscent of a giant gift box, festooned with randomly placed steel ribbons.”
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