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-   -   LOS ANGELES | Library Tower | 1,018 FT / 310 M | 73 FLOORS | 1988 (http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=150817)

StethJeff Jun 14, 2008 7:47 PM

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Originally Posted by Wrightguy0 (Post 3588965)
I do love this tower, It was designed to represent a lighthouse with the Gas Company Tower representing a ship being guided by it, together they make an impressive postmodern sculpture

wow, i thought i knew everything about that building until reading this ^^^

jcchii Jun 15, 2008 4:06 AM

logo ridiculous. great building

LosAngelesBeauty Jul 1, 2008 8:49 AM

Here are a few pics of her I took over the years.


http://img34.picoodle.com/img/img34/...3m_3e3ad55.jpg



http://img26.picoodle.com/img/img26/...5m_019df93.jpg



http://img34.picoodle.com/img/img34/...7m_511e137.jpg

Fabb Jul 1, 2008 9:28 AM

This is one of the last super-tall buildings with windows that can actually be identified clearly.
The last traditional skyscraper ?

Buckeye Native 001 Jul 1, 2008 5:16 PM

By far my favorite skyscraper in Los Angeles. You can't fully appreciate it until you've seen it up close and in person (I'm not usually a fan of po-mo, but I love the intricacies, the forced cohesion of circles and squares, and the crown).

That said, US Bank should be ashamed of itself for vandalizing the crown.

Inkdaub Jul 6, 2008 9:02 AM

Great building, my favorite skyscraper in California.

Tanster Jul 6, 2008 3:35 PM

US Bank is such a great building. The set backs at the top of the building make it look different.

SNT1 Jul 7, 2008 1:49 AM

Underrated supertall. Can't imagine L.A without it.

charmedone Jul 26, 2008 4:25 AM

one of the best builings on the west cost btw it was compealted in 1990 not 1988 it was still U/C back then

Matt Jul 26, 2008 5:56 AM

My favorite building in LA. It is a little-known fact that the Library Tower was inspired by a fictional building in the movie "Bladerunner", a film which pre-dated the design and construction of the Library Tower. If you watch the movie closely, you will indeed see her crown several years before she was built...

ethereal_reality Jul 26, 2008 8:19 PM

^^^hmmmm? Show us Matt....I'd be interested in seeing an image.
(big Bladerunner fan here/used to live in L.A.) :)

Matt Jul 26, 2008 10:31 PM

Yeah, it was covered in one of my architectural classes many years ago.

There she is... on the movie poster...

http://connect.afi.com/images/conten...arge_12527.jpg

kznyc2k Aug 9, 2008 9:48 PM

Here's a couple of screengrabs:

http://img185.imageshack.us/img185/5...degrab1rg0.jpg

http://img185.imageshack.us/img185/5...degrab2xv7.jpg

Two thoughts on this building:

1. The US Bank logo is atrocious. Borderline reprehensible.

2. I like this building, but don't love it by any means. It has a nice shape, but there aren't enough contrasting colors to make the form spring to life. The combination of the punched-facade windows (lacking both verticality and horizontality) along with the absence of any dark colors (the windows seem to have their shades drawn more often than not) kind of leaves the building looking whitewashed, and in the process destroys the drama of the setbacks and all. If only the architects used some kind of accent color in the stone that you could actually notice from more than a quarter mile away (those light grey squares don't count!), they would've done this tower a huge service.

America 117 Aug 9, 2008 11:37 PM

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Originally Posted by kznyc2k (Post 3724993)

I dont see how it looks like the top.:shrug:
It looks nothing like it.

Matt Aug 10, 2008 12:05 AM

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Originally Posted by America 117 (Post 3725176)
I dont see how it looks like the top.:shrug:
It looks nothing like it.

Yeah, OK, whatever :rolleyes:

It looks very much like the Library Tower, although perhaps you were expecting an exact replica? (perhaps a US Bank logo on the Bladerunner building would tie things together for you?) It is easy to see how the architects emulated this building; in fact, they've even stated that the aforeshown building in the movie "Bladerunner" was indeed their inspiration for the Library Tower.

Patrick Aug 10, 2008 12:14 AM

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Originally Posted by Matt (Post 3725222)
Yeah, OK, whatever :rolleyes:

It looks very much like the Library Tower, although perhaps you were expecting an exact replica? (perhaps a US Bank logo on the Bladerunner building would tie things together for you?) It is easy to see how the architects emulated this building; in fact, they've even stated that the aforeshown building in the movie "Bladerunner" was indeed their inspiration for the Library Tower.

Okay it really wasnt that noticable, I guess the shape is kindof simular to the US Bank Tower but IMO its not really that simular as you say :shrug:

Random thought but whenever I pictured LA in the future I pictured the US Bank Tower with four large pointed fins added atop it, somewhat like a compass pointing North, South, East West.

America 117 Aug 10, 2008 11:46 PM

http://www.skyscraperpicture.com/la03.jpg
I have always loved the facade of this tower its just so....
Klassy so modern.

This photo is from:http://www.skyscraperpicture.com/LOSANGELES.htm

DamienK Sep 13, 2008 5:31 AM

I remember my first book of skyscrapers by Judith Dupree had a large photo of the tower from that last angle - I was spellbound.

CGII Sep 13, 2008 2:03 PM

If it makes you guys feel any better, US Bank ruined our tallest building with their ugly signs, too.

http://www.dcopy.net/home_page_featu...sbank_news.jpg
dcopy.net

Austin55 Sep 13, 2008 9:04 PM

Yes,Comerica kinda ruined Chase Tower in dallas with its logo,its not to bad though,really we just like sticking it in Detriots Face:)

Once again,I love this tower.


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