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With private sky pools and hovering towers, this condo tower could be DTLA's most futuristic building

Brittany Martin

A giant condo tower planned for Downtown L.A. might be setting a new standard for flashy residential developments. To set itself apart from the multitude of competing buildings, the super-modern glass tower includes a ‘sky lobby’ atrium through the core of the structure that makes the upper portion of the tower appear to hover mid-air, and a series of individual mini swimming pools that extend out from condo balconies jutting out over the city.   

Suspended swimming pools are sure to be the most jaw-dropping feature of the architecture. This building will be the first in L.A. to feature them, according to the L.A. Times, though they’re apparently popular in other warm-weather cities including Dubai and Dallas.

Two versions of the blueprints were submitted to the city, one with 55 stories and the other with 57. Both include a mix of residential and commercial spaces.

The area right around Pershing Square is considered something of a ‘doughnut hole’ in the DTLA revitalization, lacking some of the hipper shops and venues that are flocking to other neighborhoods of Downtown. This building project, known as Fifth and Hill, aims to be part of filling that hole in, dovetailing with the upcoming redesign for Pershing Square Park itself.

Fifth and Hill would occupy a currently-vacant lot next to the 1920s-era Pershing Square Building. That building, now home to Perch and Mrs. Fish, is owned by the same developer, but the current plans are to leave it intact and simply build up and around the historic structure.

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