© Hans Werlemann
Los Angeles is a city without a centre. It has Universal City. Universal City, in turn, is a centre without a city: myriad functions dispersed across a huge site. The new headquarters building will be its Central Business District – an office building of urban complexity that introduces the reality of critical mass by challenging all components of the new company, (re)assembling the cells, orchestrating their coexistence through expansion, consolidation and reconfiguration. The building has to forge a new entity from disparate parts whose final relationships are uncertain.