Pelli Clarke & Partners

Pelli Clarke & Partners

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Red Building, Pacific Design Center

The Red Building completes the Pacific Design Center, a West Hollywood landmark that spans over 40 years of design and construction. The first building (nicknamed the “Blue Whale”) was designed by Cesar Pelli when he was Partner for Design at Gruen Associates, and was completed in 1975. The Green Building, along with a smaller freestanding outpost of the Museum of Contemporary Art, followed in 1988. With the addition of the Red Building, the horizontal Blue Building and the chamfered Green Building are reinvented as elements in a new composition around the 5.6-hectare (14-acre) site’s plaza.

The most dynamic of the three, the Red Building is composed of two curved, sloping towers atop seven levels of parking. The five-story West Tower slopes inward against the Hollywood Hills to the north. The eight-story East Tower continues the gesture, curving upward and culminating in a high point to the east.

Between the two towers is an eight-floor courtyard verdant with palm trees. The walls facing the Palm Court are of the same technology as the red walls, but use white glass to give the courtyard a light, ethereal quality. This outdoor space offers views of the Hollywood Hills to the north, and the Green and Blue Buildings and public plaza to the south. The West Tower is raised above grade to provide vehicular entrance to a covered motor court below the Palm Court. The walls of the Motor Court are illuminated channel glass. Each tower has separate lobbies at both the Motor Court and Palm Court levels.

In keeping with the previous two Pacific Design Center buildings, the Red Building is clad in transparent and fritted glass. To create a taut, all-glass appearance, the glass is held in its aluminum frames with silicone.

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Status: Built
Location: West Hollywood, CA, US
Firm Role: Design Architect
Additional Credits: Senior Design Principal: Cesar Pelli, FAIA, JIA, RIBA
Designer: Kristin Hawkins, AIA

Architect-of-Record/Associate Architect: Gruen Associates
Structural Engineer: Englekirk Structural Engineers
Mechanical and Plumbing Engineer: Tsuchiyama Kaino Sun & Carter
Mechanical: Thermalair, Inc.
Civil Engineer: Land Design Consultants, Inc.
Curtainwall Consultant: Israel Berger & Associates
Electrical Engineer: FBA Engineering
Elevator Consultant: BOCA Group International
Acoustics: Schaffer Acoustics, Inc.
Life Safety/ADA: Arup Fire
Lighting Designer: Penumbra Architectural Illumination and Joe Kaplan in collaboration with Penumbra
Landscape Architect: Thomas Balsley Associates
Interior Designer: AREA
Graphics: Pentagram
Traffic: Crain and Associates
Parking: Walker Parking Consultants
Parking Operator: Ampco System Parking
Soils Engineer: Geotechnologis, Inc.
Methane: Lofy Engineering
Fountain: Fluidity Design Consultants
Door Hardware: Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies
Building Maintenance: Probel USA
Trash Consultant: Mark Costello

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