City Century, the Los Angeles-based affiliate of the Chinese developer Shenglong Group, has unveiled renderings for a trio of interconnected high-rise towers in Downtown Los Angeles.

The mixed-use development, called Olympia, is proposed at the the junction between Olympic Boulevard and Harbor freeway.  Plans call for up to 1,367 residential units, 40,000 square feet of retail and restaurant uses, over 115,000 square feet of open space, and a variety of lifestyle amenities and supportive services.

Located north of L.A. Live, Staples Center and the Los Angeles Convention Center, the development site offers a prominent location that bridges between the Financial District and the growing South Park neighborhood.

The towers are being designed by architecture firms Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and Patterns as a unique indoor-outdoor experience, as opposed to more traditional residential towers.  Large open terraces positioned throughout the buildings will serve as both design features and opportunities for community spaces.

Additional green space will be provided atop Olympia's podium, while a landscaped pocket park - flanked by restaurant space - will sit at the corner of Georgia Street and Olympic Boulevard, providing a link to L.A. Live.

City Century has billed the project as environmentally sustainable, with targets for LEED Silver Certification and close proximity to numerous bus routes and four Metro rail lines.

The developer is also behind plans for a 24-story apartment tower on Grand Avenue.

Image courtesy of City Century
Image courtesy of City Century
Image courtesy of City Century
Image courtesy of City Century

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