Pacific Design Center

Cesar Pelli

Distant views and an entrance corner

Popularly known as the "Blue Whale," this building fulfills Charles Jencks' definition of "slick tech"--an exaggeration of the technological image toward the glossy and ultra-smooth. Here the Argentinian architect uses a membrane of various kinds of glass--transparent, semi-transparent, and opaque.


The front with the cylindrical escalator tower

Although the plan is an apparent rectangle, the main hallway cuts a diagonal through the building--a kind of Mannerist surprise.

Other works by Pelli on this site include: the Clorox Building and Commons--Courthouse Center.

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