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A camera perched high above South Park provides live updates on Circa, a $500-million high-rise development rising across from the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Last year, a development team lead by Jamison Services and Hankey Capital broke ground on the two-tower development at 1200 S. Figueroa Street, which will create 648 apartments and approximately 40,000 square feet of ground-floor commercial space.

The twin 36-story buildings, designed by architecture firm Harley Ellis Devereaux, will rise above an eight-level podium clad with glass and electronic signage.  The towers themselves feature elliptical floor plans, inspired by the adjacent Staples Center.

Construction has now progressed to the 18th floor above ground, on the path to an expected completion date in 2018.

Architectural photographer Hunter Kerhart recently took a trip inside the construction site to photograph progress.  His images of Circa and other nearby projects such as Oceanwide Plaza and 1212 Flower Street can be seen below.

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Rendering of Circa (Image: Jamison Services)
Looking towards L.A. Live from the west tower (Image: Hunter Kerhart Architectural Photography)
View of the east tower (Image: Hunter Kerhart Architectural Photography)
Looking north towards Oceanwide Plaza (Image: Hunter Kerhart Architectural Photography)
View of the east tower (Image: Hunter Kerhart Architectural Photography)
View of Staples Center and L.A. Live from the west tower (Image: Hunter Kerhart Architectural Photography)
View of the podium deck (Image: Hunter Kerhart Architectural Photography)
Looking south from Circa (Image: Hunter Kerhart Architectural Photography)
View of a tower crane (Image: Hunter Kerhart Architectural Photography)
Looking north through the construction site (Image: Hunter Kerhart Architectural Photography)
View of a tower crane (Image: Hunter Kerhart Architectural Photography)
Looking east towards South Park and the 1212 Flower construction site (Image: Hunter Kerhart Architectural Photography)
View of Circa from atop its podium (Image: Hunter Kerhart Architectural Photography)
Looking north from Circa (Image: Hunter Kerhart Architectural Photography)
View of the podium (Image: Hunter Kerhart Architectural Photography)
Looking out from inside one of the towers (Image: Hunter Kerhart Architectural Photography)
View of the 1212 Flower construction site (Image: Hunter Kerhart Architectural Photography)
Looking up at Circa's podium (Image: Hunter Kerhart Architectural Photography)
View of Circa from across Flower Street (Image: Hunter Kerhart Architectural Photography)
View of Circa's podium from Pico Station (Image: Hunter Kerhart Architectural Photography)
Looking north along Flower Street (Image: Hunter Kerhart Architectural Photography)
View of Circa from across Figueroa Street (Image: Hunter Kerhart Architectural Photography)
View of Oceanwide Plaza and Circa looking south along Figueroa Street (Image: Hunter Kerhart Architectural Photography)