Culver City-based architecture firm Morphosis, founded by 2005 Pritzker Prize-winner Thom Mayne, is a giant in local architecture, having designed notable landmarks such as the Caltrans District 7 headquarters in Downtown Los Angeles, the West Coast campus of Emerson College in Hollywood, and the new home of the Orange County Museum of Art. The firm's project may not be a future landmark, but it brings a unique twist to what is typically a staid type of real estate asset.

View from OsageMorphosis

Just west of the 405 Freeway in Westchester, Chicago-based Cardiff Mason Development and Morphosis are building a new self-storage complex at the former site of a mortuary at 7366 Osage Avenue. The new roughly 50,000-square-foot building will include three above-grade levels, three below-grade levels, and parking for 17 vehicles.

Rather than the ubiquitous orange roll-down doors common in Public Storage projects across the region, the Osage Avenue development is shown in renderings with a metal exterior inlaid with text - highlighted by a yellow painted wall beneath exterior screens.

An initial study published by the City of Los Angeles indicates that the project is expected to be built over approximately 23 months.

Construction in progress at 7366 Osage AvenueUrbanize LA

The project site, located just west of the I-405 Freeway, is located in a section of Westchester dominated by post-World War II single-family homes.  However, a mixed-use apartment building opened across the street from the property along La Tijera Boulevard in 2019.

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