Fox Plaza (alternatively known as 20th Century Studios Plaza) is a 34-story, skyscraper in Century City, Los Angeles, California. It is owned by the Orange County-based Irvine Company.


Completed in 1987, the building's architects were Scott Johnson, Bill Fain, and William L. Pereira. Fox Plaza is the last building that William Pereira worked on before his death in 1985 and he did not live to see it open. Former US President Ronald Reagan had his offices on the 34th floor of the building for several years after leaving public office. The 34th floor is now occupied by 20th Century Studios.


Outer exterior of the building contains rust-red granite and glass panels. The Fox plaza building features a unique HVAC system where in the core of the building is located a large vertical air shaft. The air shaft begins below the building, as an outdoor, cooler air intake pushing air to each floor's fan room, and on the roof is located an ''exhaust'' for stale air. Such system design utilizes stack effect.

Filming location

In a 2018 tour for ''Variety'', the chief engineer of the building noted how the Fox Plaza has a large number of redundancies in its design, and he speculates that it's because it was intended as a filming location. The building has been featured in at least four major motion pictures released by Fox. In the film ''Die Hard'' it portrayed the fictional Nakatomi Plaza (also known as Nakatomi Tower), a building owned by a fictional Japanese conglomerate. The damaged version of the tower was made via a scale model special effect. The plaza and a neighbouring building are the main setting for the 1994 comedy ''Airheads'' where fictional radio station KPPX is located. Fox Plaza was also one of the buildings brought down at the end of ''Fight Club''. The building is also used for the corporate offices of Chimera Gas in the surrealistic road movie ''Motorama'' and is also portrayed as the headquarters for Spencer Publications on the soap opera ''The Bold and the Beautiful''. The building plays an important role in the ''Brooklyn Nine-Nine'' episode "99," in which detective Jake Peralta insists on visiting the building due to its role in ''Die Hard'' and causes his squad to miss their return flight to New York City. The exterior of the building was used in the 1987 Charlie Sheen film ''No Man's Land'', in the 2001 episode of ''The X-Files'', "Essence", and in the 1989 film ''Lethal Weapon 2''.

See also

* Skyscrapers in film


External links

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