Cactus Architecture

I’m not sure what to say about this. I know the architect, I know the part of Culver City, and I know the cactus.

Architect Eric Owen Moss continues his makeover of Culver City’s Hayden Tract with 3585 Hayden, an adaptive reuse of two old warehouse structures. He’s connected the two buildings and added a twisty tower at the eastern edge of the property, on Hayden Avenue, but standing literally out above the rest of the project is the Cactus Tower, a renovation of a 60-year-old steel frame structure that once housed an industrial press, according to the architect’s website. The tower was stripped down to its frame and the firm put up a grid of Mexican Fence Post cacti, housed in steel drums that “form the vertical, compressive members of a series of trusses that span the tower. The top chords of the trusses are the T’s, the bottom chords, the cables, and the planter drums are compressed between the two.”

Do you have any thoughts to add since I’m a little stumped? Besides adding a species name to the cactus, Pachycereus marginatus.

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