This Is What The Downtown Skyline May Look Like In Five Years
For decades, downtown Los Angeles was overlooked by big-scale developers. Fast forward to the present, and anyone can tell that the area’s skyline is in the midst of a massive transformation. By 2020, construction of new towers in the Downtown Loop (the area between the 110, 10, and 101 freeways) will have undergone one of the most intensive 10-year periods in the city’s history, and Los Angeles will finally have a world-class skyline to fit its identity.
Now, thanks to a good samaritan on the SkyscraperPage forum, we have an idea of what this new skyline may look like. Forum user "Spantik" created a rendering with many of the proposed (in grey), under construction (blue), and recently completed (green) towers in the western half of the downtown loop. Not a week after the images were posted, two new projects were announced. Here's what the future skyline may resemble:
So what are the new developments in the pipeline?
First, a bit of background. In 2010, the 54-floor, 667-foot, Ritz-Carlton tower was completed, adding a sole new feature to the skyline. The tower remained a lone point on the horizon for years as the recession put an end to any new construction. Then, around 2014, a small but steady stream of new development was announced. This past year, things really started to pick up, and, in the last quarter of 2016 alone, five skyline-altering developments have been slated for approval.
They include a project right next to Pershing Square— a 57-story tower with cantilevered pools. The building, flanking Perch at the northeast corner of 5th and Hill, would include a "sky lobby":
In South Park, three new projects have been proposed—one by the prolific Vancouver-based development firm Onni, which plans to build a 48-story tower along Olympic Boulevard on a lot adjacent to the Mayan Theater.
The second is a proposed 700-foot tower at the corner of 11th and Olive. The tower is planned by the Miami-based firm Crescent Heights, which is responsible for the Ten Thousand tower in Century City.
Finally, Chinese firm City Century has proposed a massive $1 billion, three-tower project just north of the Ritz Carlton tower along Olympic Boulevard, reports Urbanize. The project, dubbed Olympia, was designed by renowned architecture firm Skidmore Owings & Merrill, and would include a 43-story, 53-story, and 65-story tower, notes the Los Angeles Times. The 65-story tower may be well over 800-feet, making it the tallest residential tower in the state.
The Arts District is having its own boom. Beyond a spate of low- and mid-rise developments that seem to be announced each week, two mega-projects have come to light. The first is 6AM, a $2 billion project that will include two 58-story towers at the corner of 6th and Alameda. The project’s designer is the Priztker Prize-winning Swiss architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron.