Influenced by naturally occurring shapes and forms, Layer experiments with different industrial manufacturing techniques to explore unexpected structural possibilities. Whether working with metal, paper, or plastic, Layer’s projects all have a discernible organic quality. Playfully referencing a fennel bulb, the porous aluminum structure of Three Horned Beast (and Baby Beast) represents Layer’s innovative and economical approach of maximizing volume while minimizing material waste. The design of the Three Horned Beast (and Baby Beast) responds elegantly to the dual challenge of creating a structure which both maximizes material resources and frames the activity taking place in NCM’s Improv Theater. By using aluminum, Layer is able to take advantage of the material’s light weight and structural strength to create a large open lattice with the minimum amount of material required to still create a sense of enclosure. The net-like framework, also allows visitors on the top floors to peer through the skin of the structure and down through the 30 foot “horns” to the improvised play of the visitors on the interior below. Similarly, the visitors inside the “Beast” can look up through the porous openings and watch the activity elsewhere in the Museum.


Layer is a Los Angeles based architecture practice, founded by Lisa Little and Emily White in 2009. Little holds a Master of Architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) and BS in electrical engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology. White holds a Master of Architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) and a BA from Barnard College, Columbia University.  Layer’s projects have been featured in the 2010 California Design Biennial at the Pasadena Museum of California Art and in exhibitions at the A+D Museum and Materials & Application in Los Angeles.