Project: Pterodactyl, Culver City, CA USA

Architect: Eric Owen Moss Architects, Culver City, CA USA

Structural Engineer: NAST Enterprises Corp., Los Angeles, CA USA

General Contractor: Samitaur Constructs, Culver City, CA USA

Pictures: Tom Bonner, Tom Bonner Photography, Santa Monica, CA USA

Nemetschek brand involved: RISA

The Pterodactyl is a two-story office building built on top of an existing four-story parking garage in Culver City, CA. This extraordinary structure is formed by the intersection of nine rectangular boxes, built on top of or adjacent to each other, connected by the interior second-floor bridge and supported by the steel columns extended from the parking structure beneath. The structure accommodates an open floor plan in the main office area including full height windows which provide spectacular views of the nearby cities.

The structural system was achieved by using thirty distinct “ring” like steel frames. These exposed elements carry all primary and secondary members and are showcased within the interior design. The unique geometry also required the entire design team to work collaboratively (within BIM models) throughout the entire design process, leading to an enhanced level of accuracy, reduction of project costs and a more streamlined schedule.