Gallery: Jean Nouvel’s “Green Blade” Slices LA Skyline


Aptly nicknamed the “green blade,” Jean Nouvel’s newest addition to the asphalt laden City of Angels slices through the concrete jungle at 10,000 Santa Monica, adding much needed greenery to the surrounding office towers. Standing 45 stories tall and little more than 50 feet deep, this statuesque green structure is bound to make an sustainable impact that we hope others will follow.

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  1. tgroth June 8, 2008 at 11:38 pm

    Great article. Few thoughts:
    Building is going to have a huge water and energy footprint.
    – Lush tropical landscape on north side is going to consume a lot of water in a naturally arid environment
    – Narrow buildings are usually less energy efficient than a more \”cube like\” building due to the heat loss from the large amount of surface area. The fact that most of the building facade is glass doesn\’t help with the heat loss either, since glass is generally a poor insulator.
    – Solar gain on the building is going to be massive. Plants should offset it, and hopefully it will be incorporated into some form of natural ventilation.
    Overall a welcomed change to LA\’s concrete jungle


  2. hmmarquard June 6, 2008 at 7:05 pm

    Any development that claims to be green and has housing units *starting* at 3,400 sf and going up to a monstrous 9,400 sf is all about marketing and not about sustainability. I am a big Jean Nouvel fan, but this is a boondoggle I wish he hadn’t done. The “green” marketing ploy just makes me sick! Unless you have 10 families living in that 9,400 s.f. mansion, Jean, you’re just another part of the problem, not the solution!

  3. Archenx June 5, 2008 at 11:09 am

    It looks pretty “green”, except for the “green” technology in the building, I would like to know how the green area on the exterior patio (for each level?) could get maintained. And besides for the cactus, what else botany could be concerned?

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