Built 1988. Project Description: The enormous scale and green color of this 480,000-square-foot addition to the Design Center resembles a massive machine part. The building was designed by Cesar Pelli as the second phase of a three-phase expansion program. Each phase has produced massive volumetric color-identified shapes, separate yet obviously connected to the same project. The first building in the Pacific Design Center complex was designed by Gruen Associates. This blue building, more familiarly known as the ‘Blue Whale’, is a geometrically proportioned structure which for years stood alone in a low-rise neighborhood. Pelli's ‘addition’ to this complex defied conventional expectations by creating a very different design from the original building, but maintaining the huge scale. A large plaza, containing greenery, a fountain and an amphitheatre, will eventually connect the building to a future civic center across the street. Project History: The Pacific Design Center project began in the 1970's with the construction of the initial blue building by Gruen and Associates. Located in a rather stable West Hollywood neighborhood, this building was the most significant and recognizable building in the area. As change and growth came to West Hollywood during the 1980's, phase two of a three-phase expansion program was initiated. Cesar Pelli and Associates were retained for this portion of the project. The long range plan called for three separate but related buildings, each of a different color. The first building is blue, Pelli's building is green, and the third building will be red. Each building, while similar in scale, will have a very distinct shape. The blue building is more linear in shape, the green building more upright, and the future red building a slice from a large disk. Project Location: 8687 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood, CA. Size: 1.2 million sq. ft.