Anonymous Architects builds LA house around existing cypress tree

Instead of chopping down a tall tree in the middle of a Los Angeles site, American studio Anonymous Architects incorporated it into this cantilevered cedar-clad residence. Called House in Trees, the residence is located in the hilly neighbourhood of Echo Park. Dotted with mature trees, the site has a remote feeling, despite being surrounded by

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MAD unveils competing Lucas Museum designs for San Francisco and Los Angeles

After abandoning plans in Chicago, Beijing studio MAD has now revealed two new designs for its George Lucas Museum of Narrative Art – one for San Francisco, and a different one for Los Angeles. Star Wars creator George Lucas was forced to give up plans to build his film museum on the Chicago lakefront after fierce opposition from locals, so is now

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I don’t like the LACMA renderings, says Peter Zumthor

Peter Zumthor has revealed that the visualisations for his new Los Angeles County Museum of Art, which proved controversial with Dezeen readers, do not show the building as he intends it. Speaking to CLAD magazine, the Swiss architect explained that the “commercial-looking” renderings released earlier this year were created for an environmental review, and do

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Futuristic digital billboard to be erected in Hollywood

A design for “the most Instagrammable billboard in the world” by a Los Angeles team has beaten schemes by Zaha Hadid Architects and Gensler in a competition to create an advertising structure for Sunset Boulevard. Chosen by the city council for West Hollywood earlier this week, Tom Wiscombe Architecture’s billboard will be installed as a

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Struere builds Hollywood home to help revive mid-century modernism

This house in the Hollywood Hills, by Los Angeles firm Struere, promises to “renew the modern living promise” by extending the indoor spaces to the exterior. The single-bedroom residence was built on the same site as an existing house by modernist architect Milton Caughey. Its two volumes are connected by a central void in which

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Peter Zellner to launch Free School of Architecture in California

US architect Peter Zellner has announced plans to open a post-graduate architecture school in Los Angeles that won’t charge tuition fees. The Free School of Architecture (FSA) is set to launch in summer 2017 with a class of 12 students and a faculty of 10 teachers, offering 12 courses over six weeks. The not-for-profit organisation More

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Bestor Architecture uses “stealth density” at Blackbirds housing in Los Angeles

Multiple residences are combined into single house-shaped volumes at this development by Bestor Architecture in the Echo Park neighbourhood of Los Angeles. Called Blackbirds, the residential development is a cluster of small-lot houses in the Los Angeles hills, on a parcel measuring 0.82 acres (3,318 square metres). The development consists of nine, various-shaped buildings that contain 18 More

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Welton Becket’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion stars in Kenzo perfume advert

American director Spike Jonze has used an iconic Los Angeles music hall by Modernist architect Welton Becket as the venue for a four-minute perfume advert for French fashion house Kenzo (+ movie). The film for Kenzo’s Le Nouveau Parfum sees actress Margaret Qualley dance expressively in a green dress around the landmark Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, More

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Peter Zumthor releases updated visuals of serpentine LACMA overhaul

Swiss architect Peter Zumthor has revealed renderings showing his design for the new Los Angeles County Museum of Art, which is based on nearby tar pits (+ slideshow). Zumthor has designed a 37,000-square-metre building for the art museum, also known as LACMA. Images show the structure’s dark-coloured curving form raised on chunky supports, allowing it to snake over More

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Double-sided tape secures cladding to LA residence by Studio Pali Fekete

Los Angeles architecture firm Studio Pali Fekete has used double-sided sticky tape to affix the cladding panels to this home for an executive of adhesives company 3M (+ slideshow). For the construction of Double-Stick Residence, the studio took the opportunity to use one of the adhesive products by 3M – which makes everything from post-it More

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Frank Gehry’s Sunset Strip development approved by Los Angeles officials

Architect Frank Gehry has been granted permission to build a series of five mixed-use buildings in his home city of Los Angeles. The group of interlinked structures at 8150 Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood, received the final go ahead from LA’s planning commission last week. Varying between three and 15 storeys, each of the buildings will feature Gehry’s signature More

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SCI-Arc students build affordable home in low-income Los Angeles neighbourhood

Students in a design-build program at the Southern California Institute of Architecture have completed a house in a crime-ridden area of Los Angeles, with features included to help occupants feel “safe and secure” (+ slideshow). Called the IVRV House, the dwelling was built in collaboration with the Greater Los Angeles chapter of Habitat for Humanity, More

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OMA’s team wins FAB Park competition for Downtown LA

The City of Los Angeles has chosen a design by OMA and landscape architects Mia Lehrer + Associates to transform a site in the Downtown area into a public park (+ slideshow). FAB Park will be located at the intersection of First Street and Broadway, on a currently vacant lot in across from LA’s Civic More

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Four competing designs unveiled for Pershing Square in downtown Los Angeles

The four competing proposals for the revamp of LA’s Pershing Square have been finalised and revealed, by designers including Morphosis and James Corner Field Operations (+ slideshow). Set to be presented to the public today, the schemes are evolutions of initial concepts that were shown last December, and all four aim to revitalise the square, which is one of the city’s oldest public More

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“Creative office space is the dominant aesthetic of our time”

Opinion: the conversion of old industrial buildings into “creative office space” has proven so successful in LA, even galleries like Hauser Wirth & Schimmel are getting in on the act, says Mimi Zeiger. “If all possible old building stock in Los Angeles was converted to creative office space, that still wouldn’t meet the demand for More

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OMA unveils “new type of park space” for Los Angeles’ FAB Civic Center competition

Architecture firm OMA is one of four firms shortlisted to design the FAB Civic Center Park in Los Angeles, with a proposal that includes mirrored canopies and shaded bleacher seating under a cantilevered cafe (+ slideshow). The competition to create a public park at Downtown LA’s First Street and Broadway (FAB) intersection is down to More

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Hauser & Wirth opens LA gallery designed by Creative Space and Selldorf Architects

Switzerland-based art gallery Hauser & Wirth has opened a large outpost in Los Angeles, designed by local firm Creative Space with consultation from New York-based Selldorf Architects (+ slideshow). Located in LA’s Arts District, Hauser Wirth & Schimmel occupies the 10,775-square-metre Globe Grain & Milling company buildings, a series of conjoined industrial structures dating from between More

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Glass Skyslide to be added to exterior of California’s tallest skyscraper

A glass-enclosed “skyslide” is being added to the US Bank Tower in downtown Los Angeles, offering thrill seekers the opportunity to glide down the building’s exterior. Called Skyslide, the glass chute will measure 14 metres in length and 1.2 metres in width, and will be installed approximately 304 metres above the ground below. The enclosure will be made More

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Flashbacks of Los Angeles

Exactly a week ago I came back in the Netherlands from the USA. I was driving alone to Amsterdam the other day and flashbacks of the trip kept on emerging in

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“What to do with old houses?”

Opinion: LACMA’s newly inherited Sheats-Goldstein House could place classic mid-century houses at the heart of Los Angeles’ cultural revival, says Mimi Zeiger. Last month, LACMA announced that James Goldstein — an eccentric personage familiar courtside at Lakers games — had promised his iconic John Lautner–designed home to the museum. The gift, which includes $17 million More

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Converted warehouse office by Domaen features sculptural plywood meeting rooms

A pair of conference rooms are housed within a sculptural glass and plywood volume at the centre of this Los Angeles office, created by California studio Domaen in a converted warehouse (+ slideshow). Domaen created the interior for Pasadena-based creative agency Conscious Minds, whose clients include Nike, Levis and Red Bull. The curved, folded, and faceted object forms More

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Spontaneous Sequins

A spontaneous shoot in Los Angeles the other day. Although it might have looked like we were on our way to a party, we were actually doing nothing as Lao Tzu

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Gwyneth Paltrow enlists Gensler to design Hollywood members-only club

Actress Gwyneth Paltrow is working with architecture firm Gensler to develop a branch of the private Arts Club on Hollywood’s Sunset Strip. Paltrow and Arts Club chairman Gary Landesberg purchased the 132,000-square-foot (12,300 square metres) plot that was once the flagship of erotic boutique Hustler for the members’ club. The pair have enlisted the help More

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John Lautner’s Big Lebowski porn house gifted to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art has announced that the art collector James Goldstein has donated his John Lautner-designed house, which famously appeared in the cult film The Big Lebowski, to the museum. Along with the gift of the house, which features a coffered concrete roof with 750 tiny skylights, Goldstein is also giving his More

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Michael Maltzan’s Ribbon of Light Bridge to break ground in Los Angeles

Work starts this week on a huge bridge made up of 10 pairs of arches, designed by architect Michael Maltzan to replace the iconic Art-Deco Sixth Street Viaduct in Los Angeles (+ slideshow). Called the Ribbon of Light, the 3,500-foot-long (approximately 1,100 metres) bridge will span the Los Angeles River and several busy roads, providing pedestrian, bicycle and vehicular More

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Four finalists announced for revamp of Pershing Square in downtown LA

Architecture studio Morphosis and landscape architect James Corner Field Operations are among the four teams that have been shortlisted to redesign one of Los Angeles’ oldest public parks. Pershing Square Renew, a public-private partnership focused on renovating the park, announced the finalists this week. The competition was launched in September and drew 54 team entries. “The world-class firms selected by our jury More

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Photo I took of Yuri on our road trip to Big Sur. 

Today I want to share a very special project I’m proud to be a part of. I’m in an amazing group of creative women in Los Angeles called Untitled Mondays. Our first collaborative effort will be an exhibition called Notes To A Friend: by Untitled Mondays.
Notes To A Friend began as a personal project by our friend Yuri Chung. A few months shy of her fourth year in remission from breast cancer, Yuri found out that it had returned in the form of metastasized Stage 4 cancer. Her response was “Notes To A Friend” — a series of notes she had started writing and sending to a friend about her experience throughout both cancers. Our show will feature original work by 50+ contributing artists (myself included) in response to the note they found most personally meaningful.
If you’re in the Los Angeles area, I would love to invite you to come see the exhibit which will include an art marketplace as well as live performances. All work will be available for auction to benefit a fundraiser for Yuri. See her story here.
Please RSVP HERE


“The Petersen isn’t a good building, it’s a western-town front posing as architecture”

Opinion: KPF’s attempt to recreate the allure of a red Porsche on the facade of Los Angeles automotive museum has left us with an eyesore, says Mimi Zeiger. But can it teach us anything about our architectural now? The Petersen Automotive Museum only reopened yesterday, but connoisseurs of Wilshire Boulevard architecture have been jawing about […]

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LA’s Petersen Automotive Museum reopens with KPF-designed metal-ribbon facade

The Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles reopened this week following an extensive renovation, featuring a new wavy steel and aluminium facade designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox (+ slideshow). The museum, established in 1994, showcases championship-winning race cars, art cars, notable motorcycles, vehicles from Hollywood films, and other memorable vehicles. It occupies a former department store on Museum Row […]

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LOHA’s student apartment complex steps down a Los Angeles hillside

Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects has completed a wedge-shaped residential building for students and faculty on a sloped urban site in Los Angeles (+ slideshow). Called SL11024, LOHA’s new housing development sits just beyond the border of the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) campus, in the city’s Westwood neighbourhood. Encompassing 55,000 square feet (5,100 square meters), […]

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SelgasCano’s Serpentine Gallery Pavilion set to move from London to Los Angeles

SelgasCano’s Serpentine Gallery Pavilion closes this weekend after a four-month residency in London’s Kensington Gardens. This movie takes a closer look at the colourful plastic structure, which will now be moved to a permanent home in LA (+ movie). For the 15th edition of the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion series, Spanish architects José Selgas and Lucía Cano created a tubular […]

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LOHA updates mid-century home built for legendary photographer Julius Shulman

Los Angeles-based Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects (LOHA) has restored and updated the Julius Shulman Home and Studio in the Hollywood Hills, where the influential photographer lived for six decades (+ slideshow). Composed of a series of steel and glass boxes, the 4,000-square-foot (372 square metres) dwelling is situated on a property that overlooks a nature preserve. […]

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Martin Fenlon puts contemporary face on historic bungalow near downtown LA

US architect Martin Fenlon cites the Gehry House as inspiration for the renovation and expansion of his own home – a cedar-clad bungalow in Los Angeles (+ slideshow). Situated on a dense site, the Fenlon House is located in Herman, a little-known residential neighbourhood just outside of downtown Los Angeles. The 960-square-foot (89 square metre) project […]

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LA has become “the hottest destination” in America for international architects

Feature: Los Angeles is turning into a “dystopia gone right” and is now the most interesting place in the USA for new architecture, according to international and local studios who are prospering from the city’s combination of low rents and big projects. The Broad in Downtown LA is one of this year’s most anticipated buildings and opens today. But Diller Scofidio + […]

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MAD Architects unveils slimmed-down design for Lucas Museum in Chicago

The team led by MAD Architects has presented revised designs for the proposed George Lucas Museum of Narrative Art along Chicago’s lakefront (+ slideshow). The controversial project’s square footage has been reduced by 25 percent to 300,000-square-feet (91,440 square metres) and its footprint has been cut by 40 percent. The project has faced lawsuits and […]

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Diller Scofidio + Renfro releases first official photos of The Broad

This first set of official images shows Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s The Broad art museum in Los Angeles ahead of its opening later this month (+ slideshow). The photographs – including sets from Iwan Baan and Hufton+Crow – show the three-storey museum’s honeycomb exterior, cave-like lobby and a gallery space with a view of the latticed facade. The 120,000-square-foot […]

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Black Box writing studio by ANX captures iconic Los Angeles views

A small writing studio designed by Aaron Neubert Architects on a hill in Los Angeles frames views of the Griffin Observatory and other landmarks through a room-sized picture window (+ slideshow). The 200-square-foot (18.5 square metres) studio by LA-based Aaron Neubert Architects (ANX) is located in the Franklin Hills neighbourhood and serves as a workspace for a […]

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Gehry’s selection as LA River masterplanner sparks criticism

A Southern California landscape architect is questioning why Frank Gehry was chosen to lead the masterplanning effort for the Los Angeles River redevelopment, citing a lack of expertise and public input. Duane Border, principal of an eponymous landscape architecture firm in LA, took issue with Gehry’s involvement in an opinion piece this week on Dirt, […]

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Instagram users offer a preview of LA’s Broad Museum

The Broad Museum designed by Diller, Scofidio + Renfro is set to open in September, heralding an architecture boom in Los Angeles. The museum, which occupies a site on LA’s Grand Avenue across the road from Frank Gehry’s iconic Walt Disney Concert Hall, is due to open on 20 September. A photo posted by Hunter Kerhart (@hunterkerhart) […]

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MAD proposes conceptual “vertical village” for LA as alternative to sprawl

Chinese firm MAD Architects has proposed a futuristic housing scheme for LA that features sculptural towers wrapped in gardens and connected by sky bridges. Called Cloud Corridor, the conceptual design calls for nine residential towers that would rise from a single podium. The development would be located on a 9,000-square-meter site along Museum Row – an area […]

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Gehry unveils design for mixed-use development on LA’s Sunset Strip

Architect Frank Gehry has conceived five distinct but interrelated buildings for a prominent site along LA’s famous Sunset Strip. Unveiled Wednesday, the design for 8150 Sunset Boulevard features five buildings that are united by a common plaza at street level. Public space is interwoven into the complex, which will encompass 334,000 square feet (31,000 square […]

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Imaginative housing solutions for LA presented in new exhibition at A+D Museum

MAD Architects, Michael Maltzan and wHY Architecture are among the studios whose work is showcased in a new exhibition about domestic architecture in Los Angeles (+ slideshow). Shelter: Rethinking How We Live in Los Angeles opens 20 August at the city’s A+D (Architecture and Design) Museum. It is the first show to be staged within the […]

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Frank Gehry revealed as designer of masterplan for LA River

Architect Frank Gehry is designing a masterplan for the revitalisation of the Los Angeles River, a barren canal-like waterway that weaves through the California city. The 86-year-old architect, who lives in LA, was commissioned by the Los Angeles River Revitalization Corporation (LA River Corp), a nonprofit entity created by the city in 2009 to improve the river […]

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UCLA research lab unveils micro dwelling to help combat affordable housing crisis

Students and faculty members at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) have designed a tiny house to help address the city’s low-cost housing shortage. Encompassing 500 square feet (46 square metres), the Backyard BI(h)OME is designed to contain a bedroom, living room, bathroom, kitchen and dining room. The small property is intended to be erected in a homeowner’s […]

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Sunday Sanctuary: The Row

It’s not like we needed another reason to visit LA or to put the credit card to good use on some new shopping necessities, but this beautiful space just might be the icing on the cake. We all know that The Olsen girls can bring it like no other when it comes to clean, pure and […]

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LA Model Stories

  You have probably seen these photographs already a thousand times, just like me, but they are too good to not publish on Tao of Sophia. This editorial “LA model … Read More
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LOHA’s revamped Santa Monica bus shelters are blue discs on stilts

Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects has redesigned Santa Monica’s bus shelters by developing a modular kit of parts that can be used to build an assortment of round blue canopies, supported on slender poles (+ slideshow). Los Angeles-based Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects (LOHA) was commissioned by the city council to address the bus network’s reputation as “an undesirable method of transport” by creating new attractive shelters that […]
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The Broad gallery by Diller Scofidio + Renfro speeds towards completion in Los Angeles

News: Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s new art gallery is nearing completion in downtown Los Angeles –  a building that architect Elizabeth Diller says doesn’t “try to compete” with Frank Gehry’s Walt Disney Concert Hall next door (+ slideshow). Set to open on Grand Avenue early next year, The Broad will showcase over 2,000 works of postwar and contemporary […]

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