In designing its winning proposal for the Berggruen Institute, Herzog & de Meuron, the Swiss architecture firm, took advantage of the natural lay of the land. The institute was earmarked to be built on the spine of a mountain ridge, and so the firm designed a sprawling horizontal campus to allow for broad views of the LA landscape far below.
Herzog & de Meuron's proposal for the Berggruen Institute was inspired by monasteries. Traditionally, monasteries are built in isolated areas like mountaintops, so the institute's setting was ideal. Since monasteries serve as multipurpose sites for living, working, and studying, the Berggruen Institute accommodates just such a broad range of activities.
Thanks to the temperate Southern Californian climate, the design also offers plenty of outdoor spaces, including a large courtyard and a covered walkway.