FROM Chris Martin
LA skyline gets a new addition: $1.2 billion Wilshire Grand The Wilshire Grand Center is the tallest building west of Chicago, thanks to its nearly 300-foot spire. The curved glass skyscraper will house a luxury InterContinental Hotel, offices, and several restaurants and bars. There’s a cocktail bar on the tower’s 73rd floor observation deck and a fancy steakhouse. Architect Chris Martin spent 10 years designing the Wilshire Grand Center, which opens June 23 . (Photo by Gary Leonard/courtesy of Wilshire Grand Center)
The family behind Wilshire Grand For many years, Los Angeles City Hall was the tallest building in the city. Now a new tower, Wilshire Grand Center, is taking that title, at 1,099 feet. The architecture firm AC Martin designed both buildings. DnA visits Wilshire Grand with project manager Chris Martin and learns from his cousin, project architect David Martin, about new paths for the family behind the veteran firm.
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Farewell LA freeways, Peter Shire is back Angelenos don't want more freeways but we seem not to want mass transit either. Metro has killed the 710 freeway extension, and bus and train ridership is down across the region. What's the future of getting around in LA? And, Peter Shire is having a comeback. What attracts a new generation to his playful ceramics and furniture?