By Deb Flomberg
When you find yourself with a few hours to burn on a beautiful day in southern California, then it is time to take another fantastic drive to take in a few sights. One of the more fascinating ways to spend a few hours is to take a driving architectural tour of southern California, and there is one major building that simply must be on your drive. The Chiat/Day Building, also known as the Binoculars Building, may be a commercial office space, but it is also a fascinating look at the blend of three different architectural masters.
Located on Main Street in Venice, just a few blocks from the Pacific, is this iconic building. The interesting structure was designed by the brilliant Frank Gehry, as the last thing he designed before taking on the famous Walt Disney Concert Hall. The structure is known by its three different architectural styles. Of course, the main feature is the giant binocular sculpture that serves as the entrance to the parking garage. The binoculars were actually designed not by Gehry, but as a collaboration between two other well-known designers, Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen.
This 75,000 square foot building is an iconic part of the area’s architectural landscape, and makes for a great photo op as you drive past. Though there is really not a lot to tour inside, as it is currently office space (notably more than 100,000 square feet of that space is being leased by Google), this building is a crucial part of any driving architectural tour.
When you are ready to head out on this fun drive, make sure to start it off right, by cruising in the 2013 E550 Cabriolet from Mercedes-Benz of Encino. You’ll love the comfort and elegance of this stylish Cabriolet as you drive along the highway towards this iconic building. Plus you’ll love the ride so much that you are sure to want to continue your architectural tour of southern California as you set on for some more beautiful destinations.
Deb Flomberg grew up in the mountains, developed a love for the beach and has found happiness on the open road. She is now a freelance writer, theater professional and travel enthusiast happy to be writing about the things she loves most.
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