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The West Coast's Tallest: Wilshire Grand / AC Martin Partners

The West Coast's Tallest: Wilshire Grand / AC Martin Partners
The West Coast's Tallest: Wilshire Grand / AC Martin Partners , Courtesy of AC Martin Partners
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    • Building Height

      1,100ft (335m) - Plaza to Top of Spire
    • Podium Height

      up to 160ft max
    • Office

      400,000 gross square feet
    • Hotel Rooms

      900
    • Elevators

      35
    • Escalators

      14
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    Developer Korean Air has recently unveiled the designs for the new 73-story Wilshire Grand tower in the financial district of Los Angeles, California. AC Martin Partners designed the plans for the $1 billion mixed-use office and hotel tower that will reach 1,100 feet, making it the tallest tower west of Chicago once completed.

    Korean Air Chairman Y.H. Cho and Chris Martin, the project’s architect, thoroughly detailed the design, technology, and innovation of the project. Retail and restaurant space activate the street level, as office space occupies the towers mid-section and an extravagant hotel dominates the upper floors. 

    Courtesy of AC Martin Partners
    Courtesy of AC Martin Partners

    The world class tower aims to redefine high-rise hotels with its unique 70th floor sky lobby as well as rooftop entertainment and dining. Included in the hotel are 900 state-of-the-art four-star hotel rooms, bringing a new level of luxury to Los Angeles.

    Courtesy of AC Martin Partners
    Courtesy of AC Martin Partners

    The tower has many interesting features, including concrete-reinforced hardened elevator shafts that allow elevators to function during a fire evacuation. In addition, it sports a unique roof design: the façade towers above the top story and peaks to create a glowing glass pediment and spire. 

    Courtesy of AC Martin Partners
    Courtesy of AC Martin Partners

    This tower replaces the old Wilshire Grand, which stood as a downtown icon for more than half a century. It was closed in 2011 to allow deconstruction activities. AC Martin’s Wilshire Grand promises to continue that legacy for generations to come and will be a destination for both business travelers and tourists.

    Courtesy of AC Martin Partners
    Courtesy of AC Martin Partners

    Construction will begin later this year and is scheduled to be completed in 2017. For more information, please visit Wilshire Grand tower’s website or Facebook page.

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    Cite: Lisa Wronski. "The West Coast's Tallest: Wilshire Grand / AC Martin Partners " 03 Mar 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/339145/the-west-coasts-tallest-wilshire-grand-ac-martin-partners/> ISSN 0719-8884
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