Construction will begin Tuesday on the corporate headquarters of MGM/UA Communications Co., the entertainment company formed when United Artists Corp. bought MGM's motion picture and television production operations from flamboyant millionaire Ted Turner last year.
The $20-million structure, at the northeast corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Crescent Drive in Beverly Hills, will provide 114,000 square feet of office space for about 300 employees. A 150-seat screening room is included in the plans.
No film production facilities will be located on the site.
The facade of the new four-story structure, designed by Los Angeles-based architect Gin Wong Associates, will incorporate alternating bands of polished white marble spandrels and gray solar glass with rounded corners.
The design was chosen to create a soft, undulating profile instead of the conventional hard-edged office building, Wong said.
The building's most dramatic feature is a 50-foot-high cylindrical glass rotunda at the building's entrance. The rotunda will be supported by marble-clad columns and topped by a domed skylight.