Project for a Universal Headquarters Building, Universal City, Los Angeles County, California (1995-1999)
Part of:
  • Universal Studios, Inc. (archive creator)
  • Office for Metropolitan Architecture (archive creator)

Project for a Universal Headquarters Building, Universal City, Los Angeles County, California (1995-1999)



Level of archival description:
Extent and medium:
  • approximately 936 drawings (including approximately 400 bound reprographic copies)
    approximately 200 models or parts of models
    1.4 linear metres of textual records
    0.03 linear metres of photographic materials
    38 digital files
    19 artefacts
Scope and content:
The series “Project for a Universal Headquarters Building, Universal City, Los Angeles County, California (1995-1999)” documents an unexecuted project by the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) and collaborators for a Headquarters Building for Universal Studios at the Universal City site in Los Angeles County, California. The first two years of the design process (1996-1997) are documented by about 500 drawings, over 150 small-scale study models, 105 presentation panels, two flip-books, and a few proposals—including a book illustrating “a day in the life” of the building. Three proposals in the series were produced by OMA or by the engineering firm Ove Arup & Partners at the end of the schematic design phase of the project (March-December 1997). The design development phase of the project (August 1998-July 1999) is documented by a progress report produced for the “50%” stage and project manuals produced for the “60%” and “100%” stages. The series includes a set of reproductions of architectural, structural and mechanical drawings produced at the 100% design development stage together with concept drawings for interiors. Materials produced for a final design development presentation in July 1999 include a book and a large-scale (1:50) presentation model. The series also includes prospectuses and pre-construction proposals from contractors, some graphic design samples, technical reports-- including a ground motion study and a report on wind tunnel tests, and a preliminary furniture budget.
Reference number:


Minimal arrangement has been done to keep together documents related to preconstruction proposals. Otherwise material in this series has not been arranged.

Los Angeles County California United States

Language of material:
  • English

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