Standing at the base of the Wilshire Grand, architect David Martin shielded his eyes to take in the scope of Los Angeles’ newest and tallest skyscraper.
Eight years ago, this shimmering glass tower began its life in his sketchbook as an ink drawing and a splash of blue wash. Now, after four years of construction and $1.35 billion, it is debuting on the city’s stage. Guests have begun to arrive; tenants come later in the year.
The prospect leaves Martin a little nervous. The expectations for this building are high.
For all its 21st century detailing, the Wilshire Grand is a throwback to a...