From Issue Three of the Gear Patrol Magazine.
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Downtown Los Angeles is a city of flat-tops — helicopter pads mandated for emergencies, but rarely used. A.C. Martin, the design firm behind the new Wilshire Grand Center, opted for a different plan: an evacuation stairwell and a waiver from the city. That exception birthed L.A.’s first skyscraper with a domed roof.
Echoing Yosemite’s Half Dome, the soaring rooftop structure complements a plummeting atrium ceiling 1,000 feet below, which is modeled after the Merced River. The final 1,100-foot, 73-story tower, complete with walls of programmable LED panels, brings together the natural beauty of California with the glittery spectacle of Tinseltown.