Main Tower

12-story tower proposed next door to L.A.’s new Main Museum

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Nardi Architects have unveiled plans for a seven-story housing complex next door to L.A.'s new Main Museum. (Courtesy Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council's Planning and Land Use Committee)
Nardi Architects have unveiled plans for a seven-story housing complex next door to L.A.'s new Main Museum. (Courtesy Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council's Planning and Land Use Committee)

Nardi Associates are planning to unveil a scheme for Main Tower, a new 12-story mixed-use complex next door to the proposed Main Museum in Downtown Los Angeles this week.

As reported by Urbanize.la, the proposed scheme for 433 S. Main Street would take over a surface parking lot, replacing the parcel with 196 studio, one-, and two-bedroom apartments, 6,300 square feet of ground floor commercial space, and underground parking stalls for 167 car and 334 bicycles.

(Courtesy Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council's Planning and Land Use Committee)

(Courtesy Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council’s Planning and Land Use Committee)

According to renderings included in a presentation prepared for the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council’s Planning and Land Use Committee (DLANC), the tower will match cornice lines with the Rosslyn Lofts building, a 12-story residential masonry building built in 1913 and located next door. The Rosslyn Lofts were originally designed by architect John Parkinson, designer of Los Angeles’s Union Station, City Hall, and the L.A. Coliseum in Exposition Park. The building was renovated in 2009 and targeted toward mixed-income residents; it now features 259 income-restricted micro-apartments as well as market rate lofts.


(Courtesy Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council's Planning and Land Use Committee)

(Courtesy Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council’s Planning and Land Use Committee)

Nardi Associates’ proposal would locate retail functions along Main Street as well as within an interior courtyard open to the street. Apartments would rise above commercial areas in a variety of configurations, leaving a large void along the building’s Main Street facade. The void would create a secondary courtyard space in the complex that would house shared building amenities, including terraces and balconies. Renderings indicate a series of balconies looking onto Main Street joined by various louver assemblies and punched openings.

The tower sits directly next door to the forthcoming Tom Wiscombe Architecture-designed Main Museum, a new non-collecting art institution. That project will contain a 40,000 square feet of exhibition areas spread across two buildings; it will also feature a rooftop sculpture garden and amphitheater area.

Tom Wiscombe Architecture's forthcoming Main Museum would feature a rooftop amphitheater and sculpture garden. (Courtesy Tom Wiscombe Architecture)

Tom Wiscombe Architecture’s forthcoming Main Museum would feature a rooftop amphitheater and sculpture garden. (Courtesy Tom Wiscombe Architecture)

A timeline has not been released for the Nardi Associates project while the first phase of the Main Museum expected to be completed by 2018.

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