U.S. Bank Tower

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Height: Occupied
294.9 m / 968 ft
Height: To Tip
310.3 m / 1,018 ft
Height: Architectural
310.3 m / 1,018 ft
U.S. Bank Tower Outline
Height: Observatory
281 m / 922 ft (est)
Height: Helipad
310.3 m / 1,018 ft
Floors Above Ground
Floors Below Ground
# of Elevators


Official Name U.S. Bank Tower
Other Names Library Tower, First Interstate Bank World Center, US Bank Tower
Structure Type Building
Status Completed
Country United States
City Los Angeles
Street Address & Map 633 West 5th Street
Postal Code 90071
Building Function office
Structural Material steel
Construction Start 1987
Completion 1990
Official Website OUE Skyscpace Los Angeles
Rankings Click arrows to view the next taller/shorter buildings
Global Ranking #142 Tallest in the World
Regional Ranking #21 Tallest in North America
National Ranking #21 Tallest in United States
City Ranking #2 Tallest in Los Angeles

Original Companies Involved

Developer Maguire Properties
Design Pei Cobb Freed & Partners
Architect of Record Ellerbe Becket
Structural Engineer
Design CBM Engineers
Engineer of Record M. Ludvik Engineering
Main Contractor Turner Construction Company
Other Consultant
• Building Monitoring Kinemetrics Inc.
• Interiors OUE Limited
• Wind Alan G. Davenport Wind Engineering Group
Material Supplier
• Ceiling Armstrong World Industries
• Elevator Otis Elevator Company
• Fire Proofing Grace Construction Products
• Sealants Dow Corning Corporation
• Steel Arbed

Retrofit Companies Involved

Other Consultant
• Interiors Gensler

About U.S. Bank Tower

When built, U.S. Bank Tower was the first supertall building, not just in Los Angeles, but also in the entire western United States to the west of Chicago and Houston. Originally known as Library Tower, it was constructed across the street from the historic Central Library of Los Angeles and was developed utilizing air rights purchased from the city, preserving the historic open setting of the low-rise building. Its Art-Deco-via-Post-Modern design took cues from established local icons of the 1920s, including City Hall and the Central Library. It is also notable for the public-realm improvements at its base, which is built into a hill. A cascading set of waterfalls and stairs descends around the perimeter.

When built, U.S. Bank Tower was the tallest structure to be located in a seismically active area. Designers based the layout of the tower plan on a concept of overlapping geometries, a circular form superimposed onto a rectilinear matrix, a shape that is translated to the outside of the building and extruded upward into a series of upper level setbacks and a textured façade made up of triangular window bays. The triangular bays are repeated in the crown with more pronounced angles providing greater visual distinction between it and the tower below.

At ground level, development of the tower incorporated the creation of the Bunker Hill steps, a pedestrian link ascending the topographical change between the modern downtown towers built in the Bunker Hill area primarily in the mid to late 20th century and the shorter early 20th century buildings of the historic downtown core.

U.S. Bank Tower has dominated the Los Angeles skyline as its tallest building for 27 years, and has been seen in the backdrop of numerous films produced by Hollywood studios. Its presence will remain a key feature of the skyline, even as its title of the city’s tallest has since passed on to Wilshire Grand Center and as other changes occur to downtown Los Angeles in the in the years to come.

CTBUH Initiatives

Top 12 Happenings of 2016, Month-by-Month
19 Dec 2016 – CTBUH News


Lynn S. Beedle Lifetime Achievement Award: A Lifetime's Work
7 Nov 2013 – Henry Cobb, Pei Cobb Freed & Partners

Research Papers

Highest Helipads
Jun 2014 – CTBUH Journal, 2014 Issue II

Other Building Facts

When completed, it was the world's tallest building in a seismic zone.

Features a 45 ft (13.7 m) slide that hangs off the side off the building 1,000 ft (304.8 m) above ground.

First building to be destroyed by aliens in the 1996 movie "Independence Day."

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