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Los Angeles MegaStructure

Mid-Wilshire District
Los Angeles CA United States

Status:vision
Floor Count150
Building Uses
 - mixed use
 - office
 - residential
Structural Types
 - highrise
 - Vierendeel truss
Architectural Style
 - postmodern
Materials
 - glass
 - steel
 - concrete, reinforced

 Heights ValueSource / Comments 
Roof2000 ftAISC: Modern Steel Construction, August 1991

Description
An exploratory space use study for a six block area centered around the so-called MegaStructure. The project would have been integrated into mid-rise urban neighborhoods and designed to act as the nucleus for local economic renewal.

The tower itself would incorporate 150 mixed use stories and various commercial podium venues. The upper 50 residential floors would be placed in two oppositely placed triangular towers while the lower 100 office floors would be found within a diamond shaped floor plan. This bifurcated trapezoidal shape was found to behave well in computer simulations of wind loading on the steel frame and, regardless of it's location, seismic forces were not found to govern.

Architect: Albert C. Martin & Associates (ACMA)

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