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

The West Coast's Tallest: Wilshire Grand / 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

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. 

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

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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. 

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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.

The West Coast's Tallest: Wilshire Grand / AC Martin Partners  - Cityscape, Facade
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.

The West Coast's Tallest: Wilshire Grand / AC Martin Partners  - Cityscape, Facade, Windows
Courtesy of AC Martin Partners

The West Coast's Tallest: Wilshire Grand / AC Martin Partners  - Cityscape, Windows
Courtesy of AC Martin Partners

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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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