Office Park: Mirror Glass Architecture Tour of Post-Industrial Orange County

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Office Park: Mirror Glass Architecture and the Consultant Vernacular of Post-Industrial Orange County, 1970-1990.

Tour by Daniel Paul • Organized by åyr

Mirror glass architecture is an early consultant vernacular that became ubiquitous in post-industrial corporate landscapes. Futurist and atmospheric, the Late-Modern glass skin is a Los Angeles creation developed by Cesar Pelli and Anthony Lumsden in 1965, which sees its regional peak as many corporate architectural firms implemented it in Orange County in the 1970s and 1980s.

The tour took visitors through the office parks of Irvine, Newport Beach, and Costa Mesa— an edge city grouping that in terms of office space was the third largest ‘downtown’ in California by 1990. The tour included 3 stops and passed through 4 other locations.