|Northern profile of 10000 Santa Monica Blvd|
While Jean Nouvel's erstwhile "Green Blade," proposal packed more architectural star power, I have grown to appreciate Handel Architects' version of 10000 Santa Monica Blvd. Los Angeles' rooftop helipad ordinance is often blamed for giving the city a "bland," skyline. However, Handel's design for 10000 Santa Monica shows that it is possible to work around the ordinance to create dynamic shapes. The tower's slanted rooftop and sharp angles will be unique elements in Century City's modernist skyline.
After perusing the above diagram, I discovered that the building will be slightly taller than reported. Previous coverage has described 10000 Santa Monica as 460 feet tall, but the diagram shows its architectural peak as 483 feet above grade.