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53-story L.A. tower has a series of 12 cantilevered pools

Arquitectonica is designing the building.

November 07, 2018 |
5th and hill cantilevered pool

On a slender L-shaped site next to downtown Los Angeles’ Pershing Square Building, a planned 53-story, 784-foot-tall glass and steel tower would feature a mix of hotel rooms and residential condominiums. The building will be elevated and separated into a podium and a tower.

Currently, there are two use options under consideration for the tower. Both options would span 260,689 sf and include amenities such as restaurant, bar, and fitness facilities. Option A would split the tower between condominium space and hotel space. It would include 16 two-bedroom units, 14 three-bedroom units, and one four-bedroom unit for a total of 31 units. The hotel portion would include 190 rooms and a 10,000-sf ballroom. Option A would also include a 2,242-sf fitness room, a 2,400-sf pool deck, 6,119 sf of meeting space, up to four restaurants and bars totalling 29,232 sf of commercial/restaurant space, and 126 parking spaces.


5th and Hill renderingCourtesy Arquitectonica and JMF Development.

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Option B would eliminate the hotel aspect and include 87 one-bedroom condominium units, 52 two-bedroom units, 20 three-bedroom units, and 1 four-bedroom unit for a total of 160 units. Option B would feature a 2,119-sf fitness room, 2,400-sf pool deck, 3,358-sf roof garden, up to four restaurants and bars totalling 20,431 sf of commercial/restaurant space, and 187 parking spaces. In option A the podium height would be 95 feet, in Option B it would be three feet taller at 98 feet. In both options, the new building would connect to the existing Pershing Square Building at the top of the podium and via a sky lobby on level 13.


Interior space in 5th and HillCourtesy Arquitectonica and JMF Development.


The building’s most striking features, however, are the 12 cantilevered pools between floors 39 and 51. The glass-bottomed pools would extend from 12 individual condominium units and take on a long, thin appearance like lap pools.

Arquitectonica is the architect for the project and JMF Development is the developer. The building, if approved, is slated for completion in 2023.

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