Turning heads on Sunset Boulevard, it is a futuristic 10-story cube of aluminum and glass cut open on two sides to reveal a modern vision of classrooms and dorms, walkways and plazas, overlooking the sprawling city of Los Angeles and the Hollywood hills.  

This is Emerson College Los Angeles. An all-in-one campus housed in a single, 107,000-square-foot, $85 million structure designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Thom Mayne. The campus houses a state-of-the-art screening room, as well as audio and video editing and mixing labs; a cluster of performance studios, dressing rooms, study halls, and classrooms; a cafe (also open to the public); and enough dormitory space to house 217 students each semester.

The center gives Emerson a permanent hub in Hollywood to prepare students and connect them with entertainment-industry opportunities.