A camera perched high above South Park provides live updates on Circa, a $500-million high-rise development rising across from the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Last year, a development team lead by Jamison Services and Hankey Capital broke ground on the two-tower development at 1200 S. Figueroa Street, which will create 648 apartments and approximately 40,000 square feet of ground-floor commercial space.

The twin 36-story buildings, designed by architecture firm Harley Ellis Devereaux, will rise above an eight-level podium clad with glass and electronic signage.  The towers themselves feature elliptical floor plans, inspired by the adjacent Staples Center.

Construction has now progressed to the 18th floor above ground, on the path to an expected completion date in 2018.

Architectural photographer Hunter Kerhart recently took a trip inside the construction site to photograph progress.  His images of Circa and other nearby projects such as Oceanwide Plaza and 1212 Flower Street can be seen below.