The Pacific Design Center commands the attention of everyone passing by. It’s impossible to ignore. The three bold and brash structures gleam with bright colors. I’ve often cruised past the complex and cast an admiring glance, and like most folks only briefly. But somewhere in my genes lurk an architect. The brash lines and angles and colors intrigued me. What were these buildings? I was sure I wasn’t alone in my curiosity so I featured the PDC in last month’s LA Quizzes. Did you recognize them? Any Idea what they might be? By the way, which one is named for a animal? What animal?
These buildings exemplify how structures can be more that just concrete, steel and glass. Designed by internationally renowned architect Cesar Pelli, the PDC with its unique lines and shapes and brilliant colors boldly stands out as a landmark in West Hollywood. The red, green and blue building also lend a creative environment for the boutique showrooms within that cater to designers, decorators, architects and dealers.
Over coffee one day, I casually mentioned the PDC to a buddy- that is, how the buildings really intrigued me. He gladly filled me in. The buildings, while open to the public, are not for retail shops- or shoppers. He knew first hand because he spent a lot of time and energy there. One faucet of his professional career was interior designing. “I always looked forward to going there,” he enthused. “It’s a very fascinating place. You’ll see some fabulous things”. It didn’t take too much urging to get me on my way.
Well, it so happened that the day I went the showrooms were quiet. Nobody noticed me wandering around taking pictures. I gawked and clicked away on my camera and window shopped with an occasional Whoa! Look at that! I meandered around inside and out then ended my tour with a visit to the MOCA (free admission) that was sandwiched between the red building and the fountains. Overall, I had a great time.
So, if you’re interested in the latest trends in home furnishings and decorations and wonder what the PDC has to offer be sure to go to their website: pacificdesigncenter.com. Then on the menu bar across the top click on Go Design Go.You might even cruise the buildings like I did. If you have a passion for architecture you absolutely must plan a trip. The address is 8687 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90069. The blue building (aka the blue whale-because of its enormous size) sits on the northeast corner of Melrose Ave and N. San Vicente Blvd, in West Hollywood (see the map below). Be sure to take your camera.
The Next LA Quiz
See the Photo above? Any idea where this sylvan setting happens to be? Our next location titled The Berlin Forest happens to one of three locations for you to identify. No hints this time. But to check and see if you are correct (or not) go to Take the LA Quiz. From there you can follow all the previous quizzes.
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