Members of Los Angeles' city planning commission have unanimously voted in favour of a new mixed-use skyscraper some are likening to a Jenga game. Designed by Miami's Arquitectonica for Jeffrey Fish's JMF Enterprises, the 53-storey glass tower features multiple long swimming pools protruding from the facade.
The proposed Fifth and Hill project will be comprised of 190 five-star hotel rooms and 31 residences, erupting from an L-shaped lot adjacent to the historic Pershing Square building, which is also owned by developer Jeffrey Fish. A 13th floor link to that building's rooftop restaurant is planned. A dozen of the units will come replete with the signature cantilevered swimming pools.
Commending the building's unique architecture, commissioners also directed positive feedback towards the development's approach to hiding the above-grade parking garage, which will be concealed behind a multi-storey waterfall feature.
As part of the approvals process, the developer has also agreed to contribute to the city's trust fund for affordable housing, plus a general improvements fund for Pershing Square.