Original Article by for LA Curbed
With cantilevered swimming pools jutting out of its upper floors, the tower proposed for across the street from Pershing Square has been said to look like an in-progress game of Jenga. Commissioner Samantha Millman called it an “ambitious and audacious project.”
The 53-story hotel and condo tower would rise on a slim, L-shaped lot that wraps around the Pershing Square building, also owned by the tower’s developer, Jeffrey Fish of JMF Enterprises.
In addition to the thrilling pools, the glassy high-rise would incorporate a number of other water features, including two that will effectively hide the above-ground parking podium behind a wall of falling water.
Inside the structure, there would be 190 “five-star” hotel rooms and 31 condominiums. Twelve lucky condos would have their own cantilevered swimming pools. The tower would also have a connection on its 13th floor to the popular rooftop restaurant Perch in the Pershing Square building.
The structure was envisioned by Fish and designed with Miami-based Arquitectonica, which was also the architect for the Emerson apartments next to the Walt Disney Concert Hall on Bunker Hill.
The commissioners applauded the project’s bold architecture and creative approach to disguising parking.