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Old April 19th, 2007, 12:59 AM   #1
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LOS ANGELES | Ritz-Carlton/JW Marriott | 54 fl | Com

I think it's time that we make a thread for this tower seeing as how it'll start construction in a month.

The Ritz is the final phase in the LA Live Sports and Entertainment project right across the street from Staples Center. It's a known fact that Downtown LA turned into a ghost town at 5 pm. But downtown is under a rennisance with hundreds of condos and apartments opening up. LA Live is the first of 2 major projects in downtown LA that'll really turn it into a 24 destination (the other is Grand Ave across the street from the Disney Concert Hall with 2 towers and retail designed by Frank Gehry.

Anyway, here are some models and renderings:





















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Old April 19th, 2007, 01:06 AM   #2
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Old April 19th, 2007, 01:10 AM   #3
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Has the 1180 peachtree symphony tower in atlanta written all over it
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Old April 19th, 2007, 01:21 AM   #4
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^ Really? Looks like it has The Ritz Carlton and JW Marriot written all over it to me.

I must be blind I guess.
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Old April 19th, 2007, 02:30 AM   #5
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Btw..LA Live has a webcam. You can see the site on the first camera.

http://lalive.clarkconstruction.com/

http://clarkconstruction.oxblue.com/lalive/



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Old April 19th, 2007, 03:47 AM   #6
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very nice building...suprises me that Marriott takes the backseat to Ritz-Carlton, i guess more luxury hotel demand in LA.
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Old April 19th, 2007, 05:31 AM   #7
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It's a nice building.The blue and transparent mosaic we see in the cladding is the great thing in this tower.
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Old April 19th, 2007, 10:29 PM   #8
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Has the 1180 peachtree symphony tower in atlanta written all over it
I agree...Looks exactly the same....although I do like the style of both
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Old April 19th, 2007, 11:27 PM   #9
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Does anyone have a rendering that would show it's impact on the skyline? Downtown skyline ONLY obviously!
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Old April 20th, 2007, 08:39 AM   #10
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Here's a couple of skyline renders to give you a rough idea of the size
and placement in the skyline. The colors and angles are a bit off, but
you get the idea. This assumes a 650 ft. height, approximately.





Original photo courtesy of marshall from Flickr.com
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Colemonkee, will the Ritz be significantly shorter than 777? The Ritz is a couple of stories taller but I realize that there are differences in ceiling heights.
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Old April 20th, 2007, 08:56 AM   #12
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^ I'm pretty sure, but you never know. Just a comparison:

777 Figueroa is 52 stories and 725 ft. tall. That's approximately 13.9 ft. per floor.

If we give the hotel an average floor height of 11 ft. (which is generous for a hotel/residential tower), plus a 40 ft. crown (purely hypothetical), you get 632 ft. I'm assuming it will be somewhere in the neighborhood of 650 in the renders.
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I'm guessing the hotel will be 660-680 feet tall.

Anywho..

Here is the site from earlier today. The tower will rise on the patch of dirt near the top of the LA Live site.


Also..here is what the South Park area of downtown LA will look like in roughly 3 years. Elleven is complete, Luma is almost complete, Evo is on the 10th floor, and Jardin will most likely start in late summer/early fall. The 2 plain boxes are massing designs for a project called LA Central which will also start late summer/early fall.
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Old April 20th, 2007, 09:19 AM   #14
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Its good that the L.A. Live area has a webcam.
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Old April 20th, 2007, 09:23 AM   #15
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Has the 1180 peachtree symphony tower in atlanta written all over it
it does have a striking resemblance to the symphony tower...but you have to admit, the facade on this one is 1,000,000 times better than symphony
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Old April 20th, 2007, 09:33 AM   #16
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which building is that supposed to be?
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Old April 20th, 2007, 02:06 PM   #17
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I'm glad to see the new highrise in LA
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Old April 20th, 2007, 05:36 PM   #18
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which building is that supposed to be?
It's a really old massing plan for Hanover Tower, before it was designed.
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Old April 20th, 2007, 07:09 PM   #19
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I like it's presence on the skyline. but i'm not liking the "topheavy" cladding idea, i would have gone for a more "suspended" idea myself, even utilizing the curves another way. But it certainly will be dramatic for that part of the city, and no 700+ footer will be constructed anywhere, (within 5 blocks, anyway) for at least another 10 years.
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Well..there is Metropolis right up the street. And that 50 story office tower proposed. It'll add some density to South Park so the Ritz won't be too lonely.
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