Sunday, February 17, 2008

Century City's "Green Blade" - Jean Nouvel's Glass-Sheathed Tower

Jean Nouvel's Century City Tower 'The Green Blade' - From Distance

Jean Nouvel's Century City Tower 'The Green Blade' - View from Upper Floor
New heights of luxury come to Los Angeles in 2009 when French architect Jean Nouvel's $400 million "Green Blade" breaks ground at 10000 Santa Monica Boulevard in Century City. In keeping with the times, this eco-forward, rail-thin building measures a scant 600 ft (tall) x 325 ft (wide) x 50 ft (deep). With private entrances and advanced hydroponics, each residence is designed, according to the architect, "as a home in the sky surrounded by an abundance of plants and flowers." Certain to attract the global elite -- and Los Angeles empty nesters dumping their Palisades and Brentwood mansions -- the tower's 177 units are expected to be priced over $3.5 million. A rival project, 9900 Wilshire, designed by Richard Meier and London's Candy and Candy -- a 252-unit ultra-high-end condo and retail development at the former Robinson-May site, a bauble's throw away -- is certain to attract a similar clientele. Look for bidding wars in 2010, when the unabated demand for Westside luxury housing goes into overdrive.