A building of the future with impressive architecture. Well worth a visit.

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Caltrans District 7 Headquarters Building

Pritzker prize architecture.

If you like futuristic architecture, this building, found on 100 South Main Street, is a must for you. It is the headquarters for the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and the Los Angeles Department of Transportation. This may not mean much to you; however, it has experienced significant landmarks in its short history (it was inaugurated in September 2004). The building required an investment of 165 million dollars (approximately 150 million euros), and earned Thom Mayne the 2005 Pritzker prize, considered one of the most prestigious awards in the world of architecture. It has 13 floors over 700,000 square metres of offices and underground parking for 1,100 vehicles. Nicknamed the Motordom by its creator, it has a large open air vestibule, as well as restaurants, shops, and showrooms. One of the things most valued by the Pritzker panel was its sustainability; the building has many clear sections which illuminate the space using only natural light. It also features neon tubes and horizontal bars, which are reminiscent of the many motorways around the city.

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