Elevated parking garages do not have to be ugly. This was the concept behind Ombrae’s stunning corner-wrapping design for Onni Group’s luxury residential tower LEVEL, in downtown Los Angeles. Commissioned to create custom original artwork, a series of triangular elements were perspective warped to appear as a flattened graphic from a specific vantage point across the street. Additionally, these triangular elements were biased in various directions, to ensure a visually dynamic surface when viewed from all directions. This optimization strategy proved useful for blocking unwanted views into the parking garage, with Ombrae’s added benefit of allowing sufficient natural ventilation as a cladding solution. Our client was so pleased with the visual results at podium level, they expanded the original scope to include mechanical screening on the crown level. This considered Ombrae application helped position LEVEL DTLA as a truly artful blend between luxury apartment and boutique hotel. This project is a great example of Ombrae's unique environmental colour-mixing characteristics.
Given the prominent corner site conditions of the screen, the geometric artwork was designed in such a way that standing directly across the street on the opposite corner, the design would appear as flat. Areas of the graphic on the extreme ends, down the block in either direction, actually have elongated and enlarged triangles that appear undistorted from the key vantage point across the street.
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