It’s bigger in Los Angeles, thanks to the construction of the tallest office building west of Chicago. It was recently announced that the 73-story Wilshire Grand hotel and office building to be constructed in downtown Los Angeles. The $1-billion hotel and office skyscraper by developer Korean Airlines will live at Wilshire Boulevard and Figueroa Street. It will be a dramatic addition to the city skyline when it completed in 2017.
Designed by L.A.-based architect David Martin, a principal at AC Martin Partners, the 1,100-foot, glass-skin building will feature three floors of shops and restaurants at ground level, 400,000 square feet of office space, and a hotel with a “sky lobby” on the 70th floor. Guests will rise by high-speed elevators for check-in to one of the hotel’s 900 rooms. A restaurant will take over the 71st floor, and on the top floor, there will be an “infinity” pool and recreation area. The hotel brand has yet to be selected.
Martin designed the Figueroa-at-Wilshire high-rise across the street from the Wilshire Grand in 1990. The family firm was the primary architect of Los Angles City Hall in the 1920s.
The property is located just north of the STAPLES Center and The Ritz-Carlton Residences at L.A. LIVE, the luxury residential tower where residents enjoy access to the five-star lifestyle services of The Ritz-Carlton.
The 936-room Wilshire Grand, built in 1952, was originally known as Hotel Statler and later a Hilton. Before it closed at the end of 2011, the property was a mid-market hotel catering to conventioneers and tour groups from overseas.
Politically, the Wilshire Grand will be a symbol of South Korea’s growing status as a global economic powerhouse.
Korean Air is the flagship company for Hanjin Group, which has $20 billion in annual revenue from its interests in land, sea and air transportation as well as construction, heavy industry, finance and formation services.
“The new Wilshire Grand is an investment that makes sense and we are excited to continue our relationship with this great city,” Korean Air Chairman Y.H. Cho said in the L.A. Times.
The Wilshire Grand will slightly surpass in height the 72-story U.S. Bank Tower on Bunker Hill that has held the title of tallest west of Chicago since 1989.
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