Los Angeles Hall of Records

The Los Angeles County Hall of Records, a rare high-rise by Richard Neutra (co-designed by Robert Alexander), sits in the northern end of the Civic Center in Downtown Los Angeles. An exemplar of modernist architecture, the building includes louvers similar to the Kaufmann Desert House. Additionally, the screen to the right of the louvers was a feature by sculptor Malcolm Leland to incorporate ornamentation into modernist buildings. (Source: Wikipedia)

This building is one of my favorites in downtown Los Angeles. Richard Neutra made human comfort his passion, and the numerous examples of solar control devices on this building are testament to that goal. Many modern buildings have 4 identical sides, but Neutra and Alexander knew that a different solution was needed for each face. Their design provides a wealth of detail and texture and humanizes what could otherwise be a very boring County office building.