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Yesterday, the the General Services Administration granted a first look at Downtown's $350-million Federal Courthouse.

The 10-story structure, located at the corner of 1st Street and Broadway, features 24 courtrooms and 32 judicial chambers.  Tenants include several Federal agencies, including the U.S. District Court, the U.S. Marshals Services, the U.S. General Services Administration, the Federal Public Defender and the U.S. Attorney Office.

Architecture firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill designed the new courthouse to resemble a cube floating above a stone base.  Its serrated glass facade is oriented to maximize daylight harvesting and reduce glare.

The project also incorporates a number of sustainable design elements, with the goal of attaining LEED Platinum Certification.

Look below for a photo tour of the building, courtesy of Hunter Kerhart.

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LA Phil Unveils Frank Gehry Design for New YOLA Center in Inglewood

Construction is expected to begin in spring 2019.
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Yesterday, the Los Angeles Philharmonic unveiled architectural designs by Gehry Partners for the new Judity and Thomas L. Beckmen YOLA Center @ Inglewood, the future permanent home of the Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA). The $14.5-million project will transform a former branch of Security Pacific Bank at 101 S. La Brea Avenue into a light-filled, flexible facility capable of hosting rehearsals, classes, and performances.  It will serve up to 500 students each year from Inglewood and surrounding communities.