A new 58-story tower proposed by Los Angeles–based architects Nardi Associates has taken another step forward this week. The thin, diagrid-supported Olympic Tower will feature 373 hotel rooms, 374 condominium units, 33,498 square feet of offices, and more than 65,000 square feet of retail and commercial spaces, Urbanize.LA reports. The building is also slated to include an astounding 12 parking levels—with half of those levels located above ground in the building’s podium—despite being located between two busy transit stops. The above-ground parking areas are to be wrapped in residential units, however, so the podium’s presence on the street will at least include an element of liveliness. The project team has unveiled a bevy of new renderings for the development in conjunction with the publication of a draft environmental impact report. The renderings depict more detailed views of the tower’s amenities, which include several carved-out, multi-story loggia spaces and a collection of landscaped pool terraces. The new views also showcase LED signage along the tower’s lower levels, similar to those proposed and already built for many of the surrounding projects on the way to neighboring sites. The 742-foot tower will join a growing spine of high rise towers rising along Figueroa Street in Downtown Los Angeles, a new linear tower district capped on one end by the AC Martin-designed Wilshire Grand tower. Over 20 towers are planned for the area, which borders the L.A. Live, Staples Center, and Los Angeles Convention Center complexes. The new developments constitute part of the city’s effort to add badly needed hotel accommodations around the convention center, which has seen business suffer over the years due to the relative dearth of nearby lodging. A construction start date has not been announced for Olympic Tower, but the draft environmental report states that once construction begins it should take about 34 months to complete the project.
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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. 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. 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. 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. This article appears on HoverPin, a new app that lets you build personalized maps of geo-related online content based on your interests: architecture, food, culture, fitness, and more. Never miss The Architect’s Newspaper’s coverage of your area and discover new, exciting projects wherever you go! See our HoverPin layer here and download the app from the Apple Store.