Architect Selected for “Green Blade” Building in LA

The proposed 10000 Santa Monica Boulevard luxury condo project will bring “green” to a whole new level. Courtesy of a design by Jean Nouvel, the high-profile French architect who’s just been tapped by SunCal Cos., the project’s developer, the 45-story, 177-apartment tower in Century City, Los Angeles, will feature “an integration of landscaping beyond the ground-level, horizontal plane into the vertical façades of the building.” In a prepared statement, Nouvel described his semi-transparent design as making the building (pictured) look like “a green blade.” In addition to vertical landscaping, the design includes a private 40,000-square-foot garden at the lobby level. Overall, the project is aiming for LEED Silver certification. Individual condo units will range from about 3,400 to 9,500 square feet, with a maximum of six residences per floor. Penthouse units will be two stories. The 2.4-acre site, now vacant, was formerly occupied by an office building and a restaurant. A SunCal spokesperson told CPN that the current estimate on construction cost for 10000 Santa Monica Boulevard is $400 million. Building approvals are being submitted this week, according to the spokesperson, and the construction time frame is being estimated as 37–40 months. Nouvel first achieved architectural fame with his 1981 design for the Institute of the Arab World, in Paris. Recent U.S. projects include a 75-story hotel-apartment tower next to the Museum of Modern Art in midtown Manhattan, a 20-story condo tower at 11th Avenue and 19th Street in New York, and the 40 Mercer Street Residences, also in New York. The largest privately held developer in the western United States, SunCal currently has more than 250,000 residential units and 10 million square feet of commercial space under development.