Almost a year ago, DTLA Rising first released the exciting renderings of the AC Martin-designed Wilshire Grand Tower to become the West Coast’s new tallest skyscraper located at Wilshire and Figueroa in Downtown LA. When completed in early 2017, it’ll rise 73 floors at 1,100 feet tall (up to the spire) and have both office space and a yet-to-be determined 4-star, 900-room hotel with a sky lobby on the 70th floor. According to a reliable source, the developer/owner of the Wilshire Grand Tower, Korean Air, has narrowed the hotel choices down to two brands and will pick one “very soon.” At one time, Le Meridien was rumored to be the winner. However, other more recent rumors have pointed to a few other brands like Waldorf-Astoria and Grand Hyatt.
The renderings below (also designed by AC Martin) have been submitted to Korean Air’s corporate offices in Seoul, South Korea for approval. They give us a very good idea what the finalized product (for now we call it “Hotel X”) will be like for the upcoming hotel and tower including a detailed look at the sky lobby, hotel rooftop pool, and the illuminated spire. Basically, once designs are finalized, Korean Air will build everything out and a hotel operator will take over to manage. Apparently, we could learn by Feb 2014 or sooner what hotel brand is chosen. (I’m rooting for a Waldorf Astoria.)
Last summer, excavation began on the structure’s foundation replacing the former 16-story Wilshire Grand Hotel that was successfully dismantled floor-by-floor. Digging in earnest began in July 2013 and now a massive deep hole with the first signs of the tower’s footprint can be seen under construction.
Only 3 more years to go before hotel guests take a dip in the highest rooftop pool on the West Coast.