Exclusive: New Renderings Revealed of “Hotel X” at Wilshire Grand Tower in Downtown LA

A sexy rendering by AC Martin of the "Sky Pool Deck" to become the highest rooftop pool on the West Coast (click to enlarge)

A sexy rendering by AC Martin of the “Sky Pool Deck” to become the highest rooftop pool on the West Coast (click to enlarge)

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.

The tower's spire will be illuminated at night with varying colors to denote certain events or holidays (click to enlarge)

The tower’s spire will be illuminated at night with varying colors to denote certain events or holidays (click to enlarge)

A view of the ground level at the corner of 7th and Figueroa with its undulating glass facade

A view of the ground level at the corner of 7th and Figueroa with its elegant curving glass facade (click to enlarge)

A look at the underside of the sweeping glass facade leading into the elevators up to the sky lobby

A look at the underside of the sweeping glass facade leading into the ground lobby (click to enlarge)

A view of the ground level hotel lobby

A view of the ground level hotel lobby entrance with elevators up to the main sky lobby (click to enlarge)

A view of the sky lobby on the 70th floor where hotel guests will check-in

Guests enter the sky lobby on the 70th floor with hotel check-in (click to enlarge)

Lounge area for hotel guests in the sky lobby (click to enlarge)

Lounge area for hotel guests in the sky lobby (click to enlarge)

A "sky restaurant" above the sky lobby (click to enlarge)

A “sky restaurant” above the sky lobby (click to enlarge)

The hotel bar in the sky lobby (click to enlarge)

The hotel bar in the sky lobby (click to enlarge)

A cross section of the upper floors of the future Wilshire Grand Tower (click to enlarge)

A cross section of the upper floors of the future Wilshire Grand Tower (click to enlarge)

16 responses to “Exclusive: New Renderings Revealed of “Hotel X” at Wilshire Grand Tower in Downtown LA

  1. Awesome! Can’t wait to see the view from up there.

  2. awesome i love this and I’m with you Brigham i want Waldorf Astoria as well

  3. So amazing looking. 3 years feels like forever…

  4. Waldorf would be nice, but my vote is for an SPG brand. Le Meridian would be great.

  5. Love this! I can’t wait to get up to that rooftop lounge. As a dtla resident & business owner, I may just have to get a room for opening night! It’s so amazing to see this community growing so rapidly. We are living in a historic time for downtown LA.

  6. It looks awesome. But there is one drawback unless I’m mistaken. In the rendering, there doesn’t seem to be any activities on the street level…ie..restaurants, shopping. etc. Will there be any? Street level needs to be activated.

    • Topher – agree with you 100% that there should be restaurants and shopping at ground level to help activate the street. There *is* supposed to be 45,000 sq ft of retail, but based on the renderings released last year it appears that it will be shopping mall style – inside the lobby. I’m expecting something like the retail at the Time Warner Center in NYC.

      While its disappointing that the retail can’t be outward facing to help activate the block more, it seems like shopping mall-style retail is par for the course with supertalls. Can you think of any recent example anywhere in the world where a skyscraper has been constructed with facing ground floor retail surrounding it?

      • Keep in mind that many of the Asian super shopping & residential projects have a shopping component, and seemingly without exception, it has very little streetscape, with nearly everything enclosed from the outside world.
        Sure hope they understand that LA deserves the street activity focus, what with the lifestyle, weather, etc.

  7. bflatrbaritone@mac.com

    The Mandarin Oriental would be my 1st choice.

  8. Agree with topher.

    It would be nice if there were more renderings of the street-level structure as well, and how it engages the local pedestrian areas. This is critical as not only for the functionality aspect of this tower (providing infrastructural capacity for growth with 900 rooms and 73 floors), but incubating the urban fabric at street level to increase walkability for the adjoins structures and increasing the economic viability around the area.

  9. Mandarin Oriental would be great.

  10. I wish they had stuck to the originally concept of led light imaging on the building.

  11. topher they are.. it’s actually gonna look even better with different color led lightings on it.. better than just those boring white original looking led lights… it’s gonna be lightened up the exact way it was before, just with better illumination to it that’s all…

  12. Once complete this will also be one of the highest hotels in the world and on a par with those in Dubai
    The recently opened Marriott in NYC is over 300 feet shorter !

  13. Any update on the parking (car and bicycle) on site?

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