Pacific Design Center, Green Building

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West Hollywood, California, USA
470,000 square feet / 44,000 square meters
1988

The Green Building is an expansion of the Pacific Design Center, which started with the iconic Blue Building. The Pacific Design Center building was originally envisioned as a single, free-standing structure to house showrooms for the interior design trades. Today, it is a multi-building complex that includes offices for the design, entertainment and arts industries.

Expanding the Pacific Design Center raised the issue of how to add to such a distinctive landmark. Because of the isolated form of the original building, the additions were designed as a series of oversized fragments to form a collection of pieces. The Green Building is unique in shape and color, although materials, scale and detailing correspond to the first building. Both buildings are organized as a series of stacked two-level atria. The buildings connect at the terrace and first floor levels.

The Green Building originally included showrooms parking for 1,900 cars, a conference center with auditorium, and a public plaza. The project also included a 300-seat amphitheater on the plaza, along with a 465-square-meter (5,000-square-foot) gallery, now an outpost of the Museum of Contemporary Art. Offices were later added. A third phase, the Red Building, completes the Pacific Design Center.