AC Martin’s InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown Hotel Celebrates the City

Over the following years, we monitored progress. From an adjacent office building, we gazed down into the gargantuan hole in the ground. We watched the foundation’s celebratory “big pour”—at 1,180 cubic yards, it was promoted as the world’s largest continuous flow of concrete. We viewed numerous guest-room schemes, toured the site during framing, and overcame acrophobia during a hard-hat tour that involved an open-air climb to the roof deck at 800 feet. At the 2017 opening gala for what is now called the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown at Wilshire Grand Center, owned by Hanjin International Corporation/Korean Air, we were among the guests. By this point, the next generation at AC Martin had taken over. Another milestone: The InterContinental is the 110-year-old family firm’s first comprehensive hospitality interiors project. It was led by design principal Christopher King, director of design Sandra Lévesque, and project director for interiors Michelle Sterling, who gave us the grand tour. Full Article