In addition to its cultural diversity and its people, LA is well recognized for its many towering buildings. The city is home to some of the world's tallest structures, which were conceived of and created by some of the most visionary and cutting-edge architects and designers in the world. The following is a selection of Los Angeles' most towering structures.
Gas Company Tower
The Gas Company Tower referred to as SoCal Gas, stands as the fifth largest in LA and the 77th in the US. Standing tall at a height of 749ft (228.3m) with 52 floors, the Southern California Gas Company headquarters is an impressive sight. This towering structure serves as the central hub for the company's operations and is a testament to its commitment to excellence. The building boasts a striking design from prominent designers Richard Keating, Skidmore, and Merrill. Its unique features include cliff-like setbacks and inverted corners, adding to its overall aesthetic appeal. The impressive structure boasts a staggering nine floors situated underground, and to facilitate vertical transportation, it is equipped with a whopping 28 elevators.
Two California Plaza
Standing at 750 feet with 54 floors, Two California Plaza proudly holds the title of the fourth-highest building in Los Angeles. The towering high-rises of the California Plaza project, One and Two California Plaza, were conceived and designed by Arthur Erickson Architects and AC Martin Partners. These two structures are located on California Plaza. The building is a testament to the architects' ingenuity and creativity. The Deloitte & Touch building, also referred to as a multi-purpose hub, is a bustling commercial and learning center that houses Los Angeles's Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA) and Colburn School of Performing Arts.
The Aon Center, previously referred to as the United California Bank Building and later the First Interstate Tower, stands as the third-tallest structure in the city of LA and the 58th highest in the US, Standing tall at 860 feet (260m), with 62 stories, the square bronze building is an impressive feat of engineering, especially considering its location in an active seismic area. Its slender design is a testament to the expertise of its architects and builders. The iconic structure, designed by the renowned architect Charles Luckman, held the title of the tallest building upon its completion. However, its reign was short-lived as the towering US Bank Tower later surpassed it. The impressive facility boasts five underground levels and 30 elevators to facilitate vertical transportation.
US Bank Tower
The United States Bank Tower, formerly the Library Tower, is the city's second-tallest building, with 73 floors. Its height of 1,018 feet (310.3 meters) makes it the fifteenth-tallest building in the United States. It is the third-tallest skyscraper in a central active seismic region and was designed by Pei Cobb Freed & Partners and Ellerbe Becket. The building's structure was designed to endure an earthquake of a magnitude of 8.3 on the Richter scale.
Wilshire Grand Center
Standing tall at a height of 1,100 feet (335.3m), the skyscraper in Los Angeles, California, is a true marvel of modern architecture. It proudly holds the title of the city's tallest building and the fourteenth in the United States. The Wilshire Grand Centre, crafted by the reputable local firm AC Martin, has exceeded the height of the US Bank Tower by an impressive 82ft (25m). This impressive skyscraper boasts 73 stories and is adorned with sleek glass paneling. It's a multi-functional building that houses commercial and office spaces and a luxurious InterContinental Hotel that offers 900 rooms and suites. The construction commenced in 2014 and is expected to incur a whopping $1.2 billion in expenses.