Century Plaza Towers

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Century Plaza Towers
General information
TypeCommercial offices
Location2029 and 2049 Century Park East
Century City, Los Angeles, California
Coordinates34°03′31″N 118°24′51″W / 34.05865°N 118.41411°W / 34.05865; -118.41411Coordinates: 34°03′31″N 118°24′51″W / 34.05865°N 118.41411°W / 34.05865; -118.41411
Construction startedApril 1972
Roof174.04 m (571.0 ft)
Technical details
Floor count44
Floor area2,300,000 sq ft (210,000 m2)
Lifts/elevators26 (each)
Design and construction
ArchitectMinoru Yamasaki
DeveloperTrammell Crow Company

Century Plaza Towers are two 44-story, 174-metre (571 ft) twin towers located at 2029 and 2049 Century Park East in Century City, California. They are the tallest buildings in California outside downtown Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Commissioned by Alcoa, the towers were designed by Minoru Yamasaki and completed in 1975.[6] The towers resemble Yamasaki's World Trade Center in their vertical black and gray lines and the use of aluminum exteriors. The towers have an unusual triangular footprint and are landmarks that are clearly seen around the Los Angeles Westside. Their prominence in the Century City skyline has been reduced in recent years with the addition of new skyscrapers that partially block their view. Nevertheless, the Century Plaza Towers remain the tallest buildings in Century City and the tallest skyscrapers in Southern California outside of downtown Los Angeles. The towers sit atop one of the world's largest underground parking garages with a capacity of roughly 5,000 cars.[7][8]

In television, the towers were the headquarters of the fictional private detective Remington Steele, the main character of the eponymous NBC series, which ran from 1982 to 1987. Nearly every episode included an exterior establishing shot of the towers. The towers have also served as the backdrop for several television commercials, including adverts for Samsung, Buick, Volvo, and Kia Motors. In film, the towers were prominently featured in 2011's The Green Hornet.

The buildings were also used in Melrose Place as the office of Lexi Sterling's business, Sterling Advertising. They were also seen in Burke's Law.

The buildings were used for the album cover of Yes’s 1977 album Going for the One. In 1979, Olivia Newton-John filmed the music video for the title track of her album Totally Hot here. In 1981 the buildings were used in a bumper of the silver ball for Nickelodeon. The buildings are also seen during the final credits of Die Hard as well as in the background of numerous shots throughout the movie. The buildings were shown under construction in a 1974 episode of Barnaby Jones entitled Dark Legacy.

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  1. ^ "Century Plaza Tower I". CTBUH Skyscraper Center.
  2. ^ "Century Plaza Tower II". CTBUH Skyscraper Center.
  3. ^ Century Plaza Towers at Emporis
  4. ^ "Century Plaza Tower I". SkyscraperPage.
  5. ^ "Century Plaza Tower II". SkyscraperPage.
  6. ^ "Century Plaza Towers: History". Century Park. 2010. Retrieved 29 November 2010.
  7. ^ "Century Plaza Towers: Directions / Parking". Century Park. 2010. Archived from the original on 2010-06-28. Retrieved 29 November 2010.
  8. ^ "Stroock Parking Facilities flier" (PDF). Stroock Parking Facilities. 2010. Retrieved 6 March 2011.

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