Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Check Out the Specs for Metropolis Phase II

Image credit: Gensler via Kilograph

Although likely years away from the start of construction, the Shanghai-based Greenland Group is already working on plans for the second half of their ambitious Metropolis development.  According to a memo released by CRA/LA earlier this month, phase two of the $1 billion project tentatively calls for two high-rise towers that would comprise over 1.4 million square feet of floor area.  The first structure, an approximately 50-story tower, would stand flush with Francisco Street and consist of 510 condominium dwellings above a parking podium.  The second building, standing roughly 60 stories, would abut the corner of 8th and Francisco Streets with 740 condominiums and 67,000 square feet of ground floor retail space.  Both towers would be located directly across the street from an allegedly "sexy, mixed-use," parking structure, currently under construction next to the CTBC Bank Tower.

Phase one, revealed in a February groundbreaking ceremony, will reportedly start excavation and shoring work later this month.  Consisting of two additional towers, the first stage of Metropolis will create 310 residential units, more than 6,000 square feet of pedestrian oriented retail, and up to 350 hotel rooms.  A 19-story hotel tower, to be located at the corner of Francisco Street and James M. Wood Boulevard, will rise 271 feet above a retail and parking podium.  Although official reports have yet to specify an operator, earlier documents produced by the LA City Council point to the Hotel Indigo brand.  A 38-story residential building, set towards the eastern side of the property, will stand 442 feet tall.

Metropolis Phase I; Image credit: Kilograph

And just for fun, here are some higher quality version of an outdated design for the project, also by Gensler:

A now outdated design for Metropolis; Image credit: Kilograph

Another angle of the outdated design.


  1. Any idea of tall the 50 and 60 story towers will be?

    1. Not sure of an exact figure in terms of feet/meters. My understanding is that the portrayals of the larger buildings are still conceptual, but the renderings show them as being somewhere in the 550-700 foot range.

    2. Yeah that sounds/looks about right. Remember building designed for residence can squeeze in more floors in less height. 60 office stories is easily 800-900 feet due to the need for false ceilings.

  2. Exactly. The Wilshire Grand bumped up from 65 to 73 stories when it switched to a hotel/office combo, but it dropped from 1,250' to 1,100'.