Living in LA is kind of like living in the movie Alphaville – when it's not like Blade Runner – it's either Jean-Luc Godard or Ridley Scott. A case in point is the Pacific Design Center – 8687 Melrose Avenue, at San Vicente – the work the world famous architect Cesar Pelli – that Argentinean-born fellow with what seems to be a sense of humor. This one is in three parts – Center Blue, which opened in 1975 and was immediately called the Blue Whale by everyone who saw this big monster, and then Center Green opened in 1988 just behind it. Center Red was announced in April 2006 and should be finished late this year. If you drop by you might find the place is overwhelmingly inhuman and alienating – Kafka in the sunshine with palm trees. But at the same time the campus here is oddly witty. It's the in-your-face bold primary colors. The whole place becomes a science fiction comedy. It's no wonder this is where Elton John holds his amazing Oscar Party each year. The place is just strange.
And across the street –
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These photographs were taken with a Nikon D200 – the lenses used were AF-S Nikkor 18-70 mm 1:35-4.5G ED, or AF Nikkor 70-300 mm telephoto. The high-resolution photography here was modified for web posting using Adobe Photoshop 7.0 software.