BALTIMORE TOWERS (DOWNTOWN, LA)

The heroic fi gures that serve as gargoyles on the
three Baltimore Towers are fi fty-meter chthonic gods,
designed in a wind tunnel and captured in ferroconcrete,
plasteel and fl uted chrome, with features picked
out by windows arrayed in complex geometries. In conformance
with the zoning regulations for downtown
L.A., to all outer appearances the three tapering towers
are swathed in Data Age Art Deco, a deconstruction
and revisualization of the Golden Age of Hollywood as
it would have been with modern building materials and
pervasive AR.
At the pinnacle of these monuments, sunburst
crowns and halos of dazzling, mirror-fi nished chrome
hide the bridges linking the top fl oors of each of the
three towers, forming a single continuous level. It is
here that the Ghost Council will take place. Three offi ce
penthouses sit atop exclusive corporate buildings in Los
Angeles. The buildings are linked by covered skybridges
and each penthouse has a 3 meter balcony around the
perimeter.
As with most of Hollywood, however, this image
is only skin-thick. The interior of the building is Neu-
Corporate Chic, starkly contrasting sections of black and
beige designed to catch but not hold the eye, thin fl oorto-
fl oor carpeting engineered to be hard to stain and
easy to clean, fi fty high-ceiling fl oors of pre-fabricated
modular offi ces stuffed with ergonomic furniture, offi
ce terminals bolted to the fl oor, and the odd long, low
laminated meeting tables made from layers of pressed
redwood pulp. Effectively, all interior furniture and
walls are average materials (Armor Rating 6, Structure
Rating 6). The doors leading to the suites, main conference
room, and stairs are reinforced fi re doors (Armor
Rating 10, Structure Rating 8). The external scenic windows
offering a breathtaking view of the city in every
direction are double depth ballistic glass (Armor Rating
8, Structure Rating 9). All exterior walls and doors are
wi-fi proofed (Wi-fi Negation 4), though communication
via the building’s own servers is possible.
Each penthouse possesses a large conference room
(one where the Council will be held, a luxurious dining
room in the other, and a third that is turned into an
improvised lab where Graciela will demonstrate tempo
to the Cartel bosses), two big offi ce suites (each of the
four cartels present is assigned an offi ce suite in one
of the penthouses)—a large offi ce, a room, two bathrooms—
and several small offi ces. Each penthouse is
served by two express elevators, an emergency stairwell,
and 4 two-person emergency pods. These are
two-man capsules that shoot down to the ground fl oor
(24 fl oors down) in 7 seconds using pneumatic chutes
and cushioned by shock-absorbing anti-fl ame foam.
The security system and cameras of the three
penthouses are isolated from the Towers’ own security
network. They are monitored at all times by a security
spider that Sacristán hired (who is killed and replaced
by the mole before the attack).

BALTIMORE TOWERS (DOWNTOWN, LA)

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