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The Pacific Design Center, or PDC, is a multi-use facility for the design community located in West Hollywoodmarker, Californiamarker. One of the buildings is often described as the Blue Whale because of its outsize nature relative to surrounding buildings and its brilliant blue glass cladding.

Site and Brief

The PDC houses the West Coast's top decorating and furniture market, with showrooms, public and private spaces, a branch of the Museum of Contemporary Artmarker (MOCA) and two restaurants operated by chef and restaurateur Wolfgang Puck. The Center has 130 showrooms which display and sell 2,100 interior product lines to professional interior designers, architects, facility managers, decorators and dealers.

The Pacific Design Center hosts many screenings, exhibitions, lectures, meetings, special events and receptions for the design, entertainment and arts communities. The Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party has traditionally been held at the PDC. The party is one of the longest running and best known of the post-Oscar parties as well as being a multi-million dollar fundraiser for the foundation.

Architecture

Designed by architect Cesar Pelli, the campus opened in 1975, with the Center Blue. Center Green opened in 1988, adding . A long planned third phase, Center Red, was announced in April 2006, with plans for completion in 2011. Center Red has evolved into a structure with two state-of-the-art office towers -- six and eight stories high respectively -- sitting atop seven levels of enclosed parking for 1,500 cars.

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Image:Highsmithpacificdesigncenterweho.jpg|Center Green and the central fountain at the Pacific Design CenterImage:PacificDesignCenter06.jpg|Pacific Design Center Center GreenImage:PacificDesignCenter01.jpg|Pacific Design Center Center Blue or "The Blue whale"Image:PacificDesignCenter_MOCA02.jpg|MOCA at the Pacific Design Center


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