Costa Mesa, California, USA
500,000 square feet / 47,000 square meters
Clad in stainless steel, Plaza Tower rises 21 stories above South
Coast Plaza Town Center. The tower contains 1,000 square meters of retail space and a six-level parking garage for 1,500 cars.
The form and materials of Plaza Tower are well integrated. The curved main façade makes the stainless steel wall gleam, bringing to life the best quality of this elegant material. Designed with a double grid of vertical and horizontal ribs, the stainless steel panels give the exterior wall scale and texture, an aesthetic expression of advanced technology. The rounded edges of the ribs catch the light, forming partial or complete traceries of highlights on the wall. Stainless steel is a material that connotes strength, durability and precision. It is also a material of great visual and sensual richness. The design takes maximum advantage of these qualities to produce a building wall of sophistication and beauty.
Plaza Tower’s curved facade is designed to relate to Center Tower and to establish a very formal front at its entrance. The formality and nobility of the building are accentuated by the double loggias and setbacks at the 17th and 21st floors.
In 1991, Plaza Tower received an Honor Award from the Orange County Chapter of the American Institute of Architects as well as a Design for Excellence/Certificate of Merit from Southern California Edison. In 1992, the Project was acknowledged with an Award of Merit from the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America.