A $1 billion, 73-story skyscraper coming to downtown Los Angeles could be the tallest building in the West Coast.
The Wilshire Grand by developer Korean Air will include a 900-room hotel, restaurants, retail, 30 floors of office space and a top recreational floor with an infinity pool.
The project, designed by Los Angeles-based firm AC Martin Partners, will rise 1,100 feet with its spire, beating out the city’s current tallest building, the 1,018-foot US Bank. The 50-foot glass section, enforced with steel trusses, will wrap the top deck.
Design-wise, the Wilshire Grand will be bucking tradition as the first modern downtown tower without a flat roof. A 1974 fire safety ordinance dictates that buildings must have flat roofs to allow for helicopter rescues, but AC Martin was able to find a workaround to keep the building’s unique sail-shaped topper.
The project site is currently occupied by the 2.7-acre Wilshire Grand Hotel, which is being demolished. Korean Air has owned the hotel building since 1989. The developer is planning to finish the Wilshire Grand by March 2017, with LEED Silver accreditation.
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