Black Satin

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Braless Blazer

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Instinctual

Long-sleeved black midi dress by Solika SS18 collection. Structure, volume and Sleekness combined. Solika Lalla Dress – also exists in white.

Cashmere

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Richard Neutra’s Chuey House up for sale as a developable lot

A midcentury Hollywood Hills home designed by modernist architect Richard Neutra is potentially in jeopardy, as the property has hit the market as “a unique development opportunity”. The two adjacent lots that make up the Chuey House property have been posted on a real-estate site as one listing, described as “collectively ideal for a compound,

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Herzog & de Meuron unveils mountain-ridge campus for Berggruen Institute in LA

Swiss firm Herzog & de Meuron has taken cues from “monastic architecture” to design a research campus high above Los Angeles. After a lengthy process, the studio was selected for the project by the Berggruen Institute – founded in 2010 with the aim to “study and apply new ideas to the workings of social, economic,

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All covered by Solika, a brand which establishes a range of modest garments with purely simple lines and a minimalist aesthetic. All within a bold spiritual heritage, this collection does not reveal much skin yet favors grace and offers an … Continue reading

Ring-shaped concourse proposed for major renovation of Los Angeles’ Union Station

The Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority has released a movie detailing its proposal to extend the city’s historic Union Station building with a ring-shaped, glazed passenger concourse. Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) created the video to visualise the design as part of a major overhaul of the station, which was built in 1939 in the city’s

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Studio William Hefner completes modernist Beverly Hills house for an art collector

Los Angeles-based Studio William Hefner has taken cues from Californian modernism to complete this house for an art collector that overlooks Beverly Hills. Studio William Hefner was tasked to design the residence in Beverly Hills’ Trousdale Estate, following the client’s unsuccessful search for a mid-century modern home with a large enough wall space to hang the larger artworks in

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Los Angeles River could be revitalised with designs from seven architecture firms

A vision to transform the desolate Los Angeles River into a bustling oasis featuring cycle paths, play areas, public art and kayaking facilities features in the latest movie from our Dezeen x MINI Living video series. Created by seven architecture firms, the LA River Downtown Design Dialogue celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Los Angeles River Revitalisation

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LA officials unanimously approve George Lucas museum in “slam dunk” decision

The museum proposed by filmmaker George Lucas could finally come to fruition now Los Angeles city officials have given it the go-ahead. The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art received unanimous approval from LA’s City Council on Tuesday, after years of struggling to find a home. “It’s going to be a slam dunk,” said mayor Eric

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LA’s tallest skyscraper opens

The Wilshire Grand Center in Los Angeles, America’s tallest building west of the Mississippi River, has officially opened. The glass-clad skyscraper designed by local firm AC Martin is topped with a spire that takes its height to 1,099 feet (335 metres), overtaking the US Bank Tower by more than 80 feet (24 metres). Located at

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Casey Hughes Architects adds twin-peaked extension to refurbished LA home

Casey Hughes Architects has renovated and extended a 1950s house in Los Angeles, adding a tall metal-clad volume featuring a pair of high windows. Casey Hughes’s locally based studio – whose previous projects include a writer’s house in north Hollywood – modernised Shurkin Residence for a couple who work in the music industry, and their two young children.

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Bomber Silk Set

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Architects propose seven ways to reinvigorate the Los Angeles river

Colourful playgrounds, undulating pathways and a spot for kayaking are among the proposals made by seven architecture firms to revitalise areas along the Los Angeles river. The LA River Downtown Design Dialogue celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Los Angeles River Revitalisation project, which Frank Gehry is also working on. The project is designed to overhaul areas along

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Dan Brunn renovates Frank Gehry-designed LA house for an illustrator

A Japanese-style reading nook and a sculptural wooden staircase feature in this 1970s Los Angeles house, which has been overhauled by local studio Dan Brunn Architecture to “pay homage” to its original architect Frank Gehry. Gehry was commissioned to design the residence in the 1970s for art collectors Edwin and Ann Janss, but the couple slightly modified the plans during construction

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Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House is an early example of Mayan Revival architecture

In celebration of American architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s 150th birthday this week, we’re looking back at five of his most pioneering projects. Next up is the Hollyhock House, which was influenced by the style of seventh-century Mayan temples. Located in the East Hollywood neighbourhood of Los Angeles, Hollyhock House was completed between 1919 and 1921. As Wright’s first house

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LOHA creates housing block with curvilinear courtyard in LA’s Koreatown

American firm Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects has completed a multifamily apartment building with a sculptural interior courtyard and a monochrome facade. Called Mariposa1038, the building occupies a gently sloping site in Los Angeles’ Koreatown neighbourhood, which has experienced rapid development in recent years. “As one of the densest neighbourhoods in the country, Los Angeles’ Koreatown is at the

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Brooks + Scarpa completes The Six housing for LA’s homeless and disabled veterans

California architecture firm Brooks + Scarpa has designed a low-cost housing development in Los Angeles to accommodate displaced service members. Commissioned by Skid Row Housing Trust, a local homeless-advocacy group, The Six offers low-cost, permanent housing for homeless and/or disabled veterans in the region. Veterans make up three per cent of LA’s population, but account

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Glazing in jagged roof brightens Los Angeles home by Studio William Hefner

Los Angeles-based Studio William Hefner has built a local home that features abundant clerestory windows and an overhanging upper floor that shades terraces below. Situated in a residential neighbourhood in west Los Angeles, the Toulon Drive House was commissioned by a couple who wanted “an emphasis on natural light and the surrounding landscape”. A path

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Peter Zumthor ditches the black for his LACMA expansion plans

Peter Zumthor has released new images of his proposals for Los Angeles County Museum of Art revealing that, in contrast to his early designs, the Swiss architect has opted for light tones for the building’s exterior. The latest renderings show the serpentine structure’s concrete roof and floor plates in an earthy tone – a significant departure from the original black colour, intended

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Visualisation reveals how the Los Angeles skyline might look in 2030

A glimpse at the future of LA shows a growing number of skyscrapers that will spread southwest from the Downtown cluster. The rendering by New York creative agency Visualhouse shows towers set to rise in Los Angeles between now and 2030. As viewed from Griffith Park, behind the iconic observatory, the image shows the string

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Frank Gehry’s early drawings and sketches acquired by LA’s Getty Research Institute

The Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles has acquired an archive of work by architect Frank Gehry that spans his first 30 years in practice. Announced yesterday, the part purchase, part gift includes a comprehensive overview of projects from the start of the 88-year-old Canadian-American architect’s career. “Frank Gehry is undoubtedly the world’s most famous

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Jagged roof tops video studio in Venice Beach by Modal Design

American firm Modal Design has created a studio building for a video art collector in California, which features an angular roof and multi-tonal zinc cladding. The Amoroso Video Studio sits behind a Craftsman-style home in Venice Beach, a coastal city in the Los Angeles metro area. Situated next to an alley and a public parking lot, the studio building replaced

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Minimal Hollywood Residence By Fran Silvestre Arquitectos

Spanish firm Fran Silvestre Arquitectos has developed one of its signature white residential designs for a client in Los Angeles. Located high up in the exclusive Hollywood Hills, the yet-to-be-built minimal home is positioned at different levels in or…

California architecture students design shelters for LA’s growing homeless population

Students at the University of Southern California’s School of Architecture have conceived a series of shelters for homeless people, ranging from a shopping cart converted into a tent structure to a tiny house made of scavenged material. Called the Homeless Studio, the course was aimed at investigating the architect’s role in homelessness, and devising solutions

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Minimal Hollywood house by Fran Silvestre Arquitectos juts out from steep hillside

Spanish firm Fran Silvestre Arquitectos designed the off-white angular form of this house so it would “hang from the topography” of the Hollywood Hills. Located high up in the exclusive Los Angeles neighbourhood, the yet-to-be-built minimal home was based around the client’s wishes to make the most of the site’s sweeping views. “A monolithic piece,

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ASAP gives rocky form to Downtown LA hotel tower

American studio ASAP has conceived a new hotel for the urban core of Los Angeles that is meant to evoke a rock emerging from the landscape. The Spring Street Hotel is proposed for the core historic district in Downtown Los Angeles. The 28-storey building, which is now under construction, is meant to capitalise on the

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America’s most expensive home boasts $250 million price tag

This mansion designed for the “ultimate billionaire” in Bel Air, Los Angeles, has set the record for the priciest home ever listed for sale in the USA. For $250 million (£198 million), a proud owner can live among 12 bedroom suites, 21 bathrooms, three kitchens, five bars and a 40-seat theatre – all within a

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JFAK converts brick warehouse in LA into “cleantech” hub

Sculptural light chutes and a vibrant living wall are among the features at this adaptive reuse project by American firm JFAK Architects, for environment-focused companies in Los Angeles. The La Krez Innovation Campus – also known as the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator – is located in the city’s Arts District and occupies an old warehouse. The office

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MAD’s George Lucas Museum will be built in Los Angeles

The MAD-designed George Lucas Museum of Narrative Art will be built in Los Angeles, not San Francisco, it has been announced. After being forced to abandon plans in Chicago, Beijing studio MAD developed two competing designs for the Star Wars creator’s film museum, each in different US cities. But museum’s board has revealed it will move forward with the proposal in

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Batik

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SOM unveils trio of towers for Downtown Los Angeles

Architecture firm Skidmore Owings and Merrill has designed three residential skyscrapers that will add to the growing Los Angeles skyline. The Olympia development will include a trio of connected high-rises, public shopping and dining spaces, and outdoor areas in LA’s South Park neighbourhood – at the junction of Olympic Boulevard and Harbor Freeway. The towers

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AA director Brett Steele to become dean of UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture

Brett Steele, director of the Architectural Association in London, has been appointed as the new head of the arts school at the University of California, Los Angeles. Steele will leave his post at the AA next year, after serving as academic leader and chief executive of the prestigious institution since 2005. As dean of the

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BIG unveils huge 670 Mesquit complex for LA Arts District

Bjarke Ingels Group has released plans for a mixed-use scheme in Los Angeles, which will incorporate housing, offices and public spaces within a giant concrete framework. The 670 Mesquit development is proposed for an industrial site beside the LA River – the barren canal-like waterway set for an overhaul to be masterplanned by Frank Gehry

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Construction begins on massive stadium for American football team LA Rams

HKS Architects has revealed its design for the new home of American football team LA Rams, which will feature a giant, sculptural roof made of perforated metal and see-through plastic film. Encompassing nearly three million square feet (2.7 million square metres), the sports arena is now under construction in the Inglewood neighbourhood, just east of the Los Angeles

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Sleeveless

With the end of the voyage to this tropical island in sight, while conveying snippets of goodbyes to the Indian Ocean, a void grows inside. Since a return to the winter grayness of the French hexagon has already been arranged, … Continue reading

Coastal California home by Hu Mn Lab+ can accommodate 200 party guests

American studio Hu Mn Lab+ has created a spacious family home in Los Angeles that appears to jut out from a hillside like dresser drawers. Called Middle House, the family residence is located in Pacific Palisades, a coastal community. The hillside dwelling sits within close proximity to the ocean and the neighbourhood’s central business district. It

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Mario Romano creates rippling aluminium skin for California home

The undulating metal exterior of this family home by Los Angeles designer Mario Romano takes its cue from the movement of the ocean. The Wave House is located in Venice, a beach town in the Los Angeles metropolitan area. Encompassing 5,700 square feet (530 square metres), the home features fluid living spaces and carved surfaces that are

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Sunday Sanctuary: The Line LA

The Apartment by The Line. If this sounds a little familiar to you I may just know why… Quite a few Sanctuaries we all lost our collective interior loving minds over the this beauty in Soho, NYC. And thank goodness for us, The Line is back with a retail concept like no other in in the heart of […]

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Arshia Architects completes angular white residence in Hollywood Hills

Los Angeles firm Arshia Architects has created a sculptural white hillside residence to comply with the stringent zoning requirements of its exclusive neighbourhood. The project – named MU77 – is perched on a hillside off Mulholland Drive, in affluent Hollywood Hills. The architects faced several zoning restrictions that informed the design of the four-bedroom property.

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Malibu Hillside pool and terrace frame Pacific Ocean views

A latticed wooden canopy shades this swimming pool and terrace, designed by Michael Goorevich for a Malibu house on a slope overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Nashville-based architect Goorevich wanted to make the most out of views from the Malibu Hillside house in Los Angeles, which is located on a steep site facing the sea. The architect referenced the horizontal planes of Californian

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Edmon Leong photographs Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s The Broad in Los Angeles one year after opening

These new images by architecture photographer Edmon Leong capture the light-filled galleries, cavernous lobby and large dimple in the honeycomb exterior of Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s The Broad museum in Los Angeles. Hong Kong-based Leong’s photographs show the exterior and interior of the three-storey building, just over a year after it first opened to the public. The Broad LA is located

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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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