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Jean Nouvel Planning Green-Fringed Tower For Century City

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French architect Jean Nouvel is coming to Century City, building a 45-story, $400 million residential building at 10000 Santa Monica Boulevard. The LA Times describes the project as a "wisp-thin tower" and reports that every unit will be surrounded by exterior greenery (via decks, it would seem). Think Jolly Green Giant. "From the boulevard, it will look like a vertical garden," Nouvel tells the Times. Additionally, each unit will be accessible via an elevator, negating the need for shared corridors. And this is a expensive one, people. Prices at the 177-unit building are expected to be higher than at neighboring Century Tower, which has condos priced from $3.2 million-$30 million. Meanwhile, the focus of the LA Times story is not how we're getting ourselves a Nouvel, but on residents' reservations about this project: Everyone from the mayor of Beverly Hills to the president of the Cheviot Hills Homeowners' Association is worried about traffic and increased density in the area. Click through LA Times link for images, while a Nouvel-designed building planned for New York is after the jump. [Mark Segal / Ateliers Jean Nouvel via LAT]

Novel's gallery/hotel/condo tower planned for 53 West 53rd Street in New York:

· New heights of luxury in Century City [LA Times]