"The Caltrans Skyline" Downtown Tip by gilescorey

Downtown, Los Angeles: 68 reviews and 150 photos

  Cutting Edge Los Angeles
by gilescorey

Caltrans, the gigantic entity that runs California's roads and transportation system, just completed a new headquarters in Downtown Los Angeles. The result is a sneak attack on the movers, shakers, and elite of LA. Bold, beautiful and environmentally friendly, Caltrans' new homebase is an archictectural wonder stealing the spotlight from the nearby Disney Hall. Designed by Morphosis Architects, the building was featured on the History Channel's show "Modern Marvels". The metal skin of the building is motorized, and constantly moves and changes with the weather, protecting its tenants from the midday sun. It's truly mesmerizing. A friend of mine is considering buying a loft, Downtown. She was demanding a view of Disney Hall, until she saw Caltrans. Now, she's demanding a view of Caltrans. Sorry, Mr. Gehry.

Address: 100 S. Main St. Los Angeles
Directions: Downtown, just West of City Hall. Accessible from the Alameda or Broadway exits off the 101 Freeway.

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Apr 4, 2011
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