Renovation of the tower’s annex (left) and a rendering (right) of the completed modernization. Courtesy Hammer Ventures

A 25-story modernist office tower opened in 1963 is getting a major modernization and facelift that will emphasize views of San Diego Bay and the Pacific Ocean.

Tower 180° at 1st Avenue and Broadway will reopen later this summer with 360,000 square feet of office space. The “elemental modernism” design features 25-foot floor-to-ceiling glass windows and an expansive rooftop event space.

The exterior of the tower’s eight-story annex is complete, and work has begun on the modernist lobby and exterior of the main tower.

“The concept of Tower 180° was brought to life through progressive design to create a more impactful experience for our tenants,” according to developer Hammer Ventures. “Our goal is to re-define the working lifestyle with the abundant amenities, purposeful and functional workspaces and curated retail tenants that the surrounding community can enjoy. It truly is a compelling and unique building that will set a new standard of sophistication for working downtown.”

The tower was purchased for $55 million. The value of the renovation was not released, but is described as substantial.

Since 2000, San Diego-based Hammer Ventures has developed over 3,000 multifamily units and over 1 million square feet of commercial space valued at a combined $2 billion.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.