Century City will never be a walker's paradise, even when it does get its long awaited subway station (hopefully less than 15 years from now). It's cold and aloof, with buildings that (for the most part) refuse to meet the sidewalk. Generous accommodations for the automobile are strewn about. Its retail accommodations are almost exclusively encompassed by the fortress like Westfield Century City mall.
Nonetheless, Century City is on pace for a massive amount of construction activity in the coming five years. By 2015, five high rise buildings 460 feet or taller should be well underway. All packed into a neighborhood which encompasses only .275 square miles.
|An overhead view of Century City, with development sites outlined in red.|
At the corner of Santa Monica Blvd and Avenue of the Stars, Australia based Westfield is working on a 39 story residential tower which will tie into their plans to expand the Century City Mall.
500 car parking garage at the corner of Constellation and Century Park West.
|Construction progress on the new parking garage.|
On the opposite side of Century City, Miami based Crescent Heights' 40 story/460 foot tall proposal at 10000 Santa Monica Blvd seems much more imminent.
|10000 Santa Monica Image from Handel Architects|
|10000 Santa Monica, as it currently appears.|
Next up is a project scheduled to break ground in 2014, the Century Plaza Residential Towers.
|Image from New Century Plaza|
I suppose the redeeming quality of this proposal is that it creates great symmetry with the Century Plaza office towers and the CAA headquarters across the street. Rectangular mid-rise buildings front the street, with triangular shaped twin towers rising behind. A least the view from Google Earth will be nice.
Finally, we have the Century City Center, the only one of these proposals which seeks to create office space.
|Can you spot Century City Center? Hint: it's the only one of these buildings that doesn't exist (yet). Image from Johnson Fain Architects.|