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Business Council Gives Top Architecture Prize to New LAPD HQ

By Eric Richardson
Published: Tuesday, June 29, 2010, at 05:04PM
LAPD HQ Eric Richardson [Flickr]

LAPD's Police Administration Building, which opened in October, took the top prize at the 40th annual Los Angeles Architecture Awards.

The new headquarters for the Los Angeles Police Department was awarded the top prize at today's 40th annual Los Angeles Architecture Awards, an event sponsored by the Los Angeles Business Council. The 500,000-square-foot building opened in October as LAPD Chief William Bratton prepared to step down.

The project, located across 1st street from City Hall, got praise for its incorporation of public amenities, including landscaping and park space. A component of that space is Peter Shelton’s sixbeaststwomonkeys, which was recently honored as one of the 40 best public artworks commissioned in 2009 by the Washington D.C.-based nonprofit arts lobby Americans for the Arts.

Downtown winners also included the L.A. Live complex (Community Impact Award), the YWCA's under-construction Job Corps Center (Entrepreneurial Spirit Award), the New Carver Apartments (Affordable Residential) and the Ritz-Carlton Hotel & Residences and JW Marriott at L.A. Live (New Buildings - Hospitality).

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