The Wilshire Grand will beat out the current title-holder by 82 feet.

Designs for the new Wilshire Grand were released Thursday, giving Los Angeles a first glimpse of what the city skyline will look like come 2017.

The $1-billion hotel, office, and retail building, designed by AC Martin Partners and developed by Korean Air, will top off at 73 stories including the spire. It will beat out the West Coast's current tallest building, the city's U.S. Bank Tower, by 82 feet, according to the Los Angeles Times.

It's slated to open in 2017, replacing the old Wilshire Grand, which closed in 2011.

LA Weekly offers a a concise reason for why you should care: the hotel on the 70th floor will have a Sky Lobby with "staggering views of our metropolis." The top of the building is made entirely of glass, and its designed to "maximize" views of Santa Monica, the Pacific Ocean, Hollywood, and the city's much celebrated sunsets.

They report:

As incredible as it may seem, Los Angeles currently offers nothing higher than a measly 35-story...viewing platform from which the public can take in its prodigious sprawl.

From no tall building can the public see both Catalina Island and Dodger Stadium (which, from an airplane, looks like a tiny teacup buried in bowl of coffee -- it's massive parking lot) in one good, long panoramic look.

So in 2017, Angelenos will be able to see their sprawling city from the sky (almost like Angels, no?).

All images courtesy of AC Martin Partners.

About the Author

Most Popular

  1. Equity

    Judges Can’t Decide Whether Freedom Extends to Your Car

    Officers have wide discretion when they pull over motorists. And the courts keep giving them more.

  2. A man and a woman shop at a modern kiosk by a beach in a vintage photo.
    Design

    Why Everyday Architecture Deserves Respect

    The places where we enact our daily lives are not grand design statements, yet they have an underrated charm and even nobility.

  3. A photo of anti-gentrification graffiti in Washington, D.C.
    Equity

    The Hidden Winners in Neighborhood Gentrification

    A new study claims the effects of neighborhood change on original lower-income residents are largely positive, despite fears of spiking rents and displacement.

  4. an aerial photo of urban traffic at night
    Transportation

    The Surprisingly High-Stakes Fight Over a Traffic-Taming ‘Digital Twin’

    Why are some mobility experts spooked by this plan to develop a data standard that would allow cities to build a real-time traffic control system?

  5. SEPTA trains in Philadelphia
    Transportation

    Startups Are Abandoning Suburbs for Cities With Good Transit

    A new study finds that new business startups are choosing cities with good public transportation options over the traditional suburban locations.

×