Concerning the design of the Tower Records Store in Torrance included in Sam Kaplan's column of Nov. 1 ("The Harmony of Nature, Architecture"), an interior space, inward-looking if you will, is a programmatic requirement for Tower Records. Vinyl warps in the sun, and in several Tower stores, where we have designed various kinds of shading devices the results have not been wholly satisfactory. Sunlight bleaches out neon and video, and creates effects that are unpredictable. We are continuing our exploration of neon and video as a design medium.
Perhaps you should look on the interior of the building as a small relief from the Los Angeles sun.
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