Will This Skyscraper be the Next Icon to Grace Downtown LA’s skyline?

The developer says he didn’t want a “cookie cutter” high-rise.


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Original Article Credit By Jenna Chandler for LA Curbed

Plans for a skinny skyscraper with a clever diamond-paned exoskeleton has won rave reviews from city planning commissioners, who predict it might be beautiful enough to earn a spot as one of LA’s most iconic buildings.

“We need excellent architecture Downtown, this project delivers that,” said Samantha Millman, who chairs the Los Angeles City Planning Commission.

If it’s ever built, that is.

There’s always the possibility that the plans will die or development plans will change. To ensure this design sticks around, however, commissioners recommended to the City Council last week that any changes to the look are vetted by them.

The architect, Noberto Nardi, and his firm Nardi Associates have been working on plans for the steel skyscraper, named Olympic Tower, for more than six years.

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“I created a high-rise that is not a boring high-rise,” Nardi said.

The 57-story skyscraper would shoot up near the Staples Center and right next to Hotel Figueroa, wiping out a car wash on a “super tight” lot measuring just about 30,000 square feet. It would bring 373 hotel rooms, 374 market-rate condos, offices, and shops to South Park.

Developer Simon Neman told the commission that his company, OlymFig26, didn’t want a “cookie cutter” high-rise. What he got is, arguably, anything but generic.

Nardi plans to use an steel exoskeleton to hold up the entire building, eliminating the need for interior columns. Without columns, he envisions scooping out the center floor plates and inserting vertical gardens and a 28-story atrium in the middle of the tower to “establish [a] connection with the rest of the city.”