Model Photos



Conical Conglomerate

Project Information

Year 2019

Term Winter & Spring (Year 4)

Professor Stephen Phillips

School Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

Studio LA Metro

Site Westside Pavilion, West Los Angeles, CA


Located at the site of the existing Westside Pavilion in West Los Angeles, Conical Conglomerate is a mixed-use housing, commercial, and retail complex intended to alleviate the area’s housing shortage.  At the same time, the project will act as a kind of cultural gateway to West LA and UCLA which transforms the local building aesthetic and becomes an easily identifiable landmark.


This is achieved through the project’s unique architectural expression.  A loose collage of conical masses occupies the site - each deformed in such a manner that they retain the general shape of their conical primitives while generating a distinct character through slipping, breaking, scaling, and recombination.  This strategy results in a few different massing types; some more haul-like with gentle curvatures, and others more gestural with more extreme curvatures and jagged intersections.  


For the most part, the haul-like forms are used for housing - being more compatible with regularization and modularization.  Meanwhile, the more gestural forms house the more accommodative retail and commercial functions.  Fenestration, too, is indicative of different programs; where there is housing, the windows are smaller in scale and spaced at lesser intervals; and where there are office spaces and commercial functions, the windows are longer and spaced at greater intervals.