Originally Posted by ChargerCarl
Our lot sizes are simply too large. In most other cities the tower portion would stand on its own and take up most, if not all, of the lot.
I'm not sure what drives this difference. Perhaps regulatory.
It's not the size of our lots that dictate this, rather our current building code and zoning which has developers need to assemble lots to construct what they want.
Building codes... 3 major rules I see
1. parking minimums create need for either an adjacent structure, podium beneath tower, or most expensive... a cost prohibitive completely underground garage based on minimums set
2. Design guidelines for air rights and setbacks which are meant to maximize sunlight to the ground but creates each developer buying up excess lot space around a project to create the needed air rights to go taller according to code.
3. The mass and shape of our tower cores in LA dictated by our Fire code that has us build very wide boxy buildings in LA in comparison to other cities.
The USBank building when constructed is an example of all of this being exercised.
This building only exists as the tallest in LA at its location with two large building next to it because it was able to buy the air rights from the Central library which enabled it to be remodeled. It also satisfied its parking minimum by building a parking garage beneath the library's expansion, negating the need for an adjected parking garage or a podium underneath. It also has setbacks along the tower as it rises fulfilling that demand. The USBank is my favorite building in LA based on its exterior design, but this is its major flaw. We see that it has a unique non-square box shape in the midst of our current large core requirement, and the lease able space is awkward; making it one of the most difficult buildings to lease in LA
It's very difficult to build a very tall tower in LA that is surrounded by other tall buildings as our current code allows, hence massive podiums like Onni's 50 story and Level reaching to adjacent lots to fulfill air rights and parking minimums in one swoop. I think this new proposal does the absolute best it can based on our guidelines and I love the design and look of it... especially that roof