Museum Tower is the first building of a planned three-phase residential complex, part of the California Plaza development, a 25-acre multi-use community in downtown Los Angeles.
The 21-story building derives its name and several of its prominent design characteristics from the adjacent Museum of Contemporary Art, including the Indian Red sandstone used for the base of the tower. The post-tension ductile concrete frame is highly articulated. The exterior of the building is a painted concrete frame with granite cladding at projected balconies. The windows are solar gray tinted glass.
Museum Tower has 217 units, ranging in size from studios to three-bedroom penthouse suites, which have balconies with breathtaking views of the Sierra Mountains. A landscaped sundeck includes a pool and spa. There are also a fitness center, social room, and retail space. The building sits on a four-level, 235 car subterranean parking structure linked to other buildings within the California Plaza complex, with provisions to tie into future developments.
The project was completed while I was working for Fujikawa, Johnson & Associates.