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Figueroa Tower in Los Angeles, CA by Studio Daniel Libeskind
August 6th, 2011 by Sanjay Gangal
Article source: Studio Daniel Libeskind
The 1340 Figueroa Street residential development is a multifaceted composition developed within the current fabric of downtown Los Angeles. The development strikes a balance between the tall buildings of downtown and the large scale civic complexes like the neighboring Convention Center and the Staples Center. The location of the site, at the southern end of the high rise downtown district, allows the tower to create a visible marker, contributing to a new skyline for the City of Los Angeles. Studio Daniel Libeskind is working with CA Human Technologies on the project.
The architecture of Figueroa Tower intends to create a unified, compositional whole. The tower starts at the ground, interlocks with the base, rises up and gently tapers along the north and south facades. This is the essential gesture in this composition. The east and west facades are completely vertical. The tower portion of the massing is slightly angled in plan off the grid of the base and the surrounding city grid. This shift, in addition to the tapered form, creates constantly changing views of the tower in the skyline.
The design seeks to improve the character and function of the pedestrian realm on this site. Along Figueroa Street the base steps back from the property line at ground level to open up more public outdoor space in the form of a landscaped plaza. The plaza will act as a main entrance to the commercial portion of the project and as direct entrances into the ground level restaurants and spa. This public space includes landscape areas and pedestrian amenities including seating, lighting and water features. The new commercial programs in the base help to animate the street life along Figueroa St.
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