SCI-Arc awards Frank Gehry honorary masters degree in architecture

Los Angeles university SCI-Arc has granted Frank Gehry an honorary masters degree in recognition of his “unparalleled” impact on architecture. The 90-year-old architect was awarded the masters of architecture degree at a graduation ceremony held at SCI-Arc‘s campus in Los Angeles on 8 September. After receiving his masters diploma, Gehry gave a speech reflecting on […]

Sheet/RockLA renovates cluster of historic cabins in California mountain town

Birch plywood and linoleum are among the cost-effective materials used by design-build firm Sheet/RockLA to update a collection of rustic cabins on a forested site in the San Bernardino Mountains. The rentable cabins form the Colorado Lodge, which is located about two hours outside of Los Angeles in the small town of Big Bear. Encompassing […]

Sonic Mountain by Doug Aitken is formed from 365 wind chimes

This installation at California’s Donum Estate by American artist Doug Aitken arranges a series of hanging wind chimes. Sonic Mountain, Sonoma is nestled into the eucalyptus grove of the 200-acre Sonoma County property, which is known for its vineyards. Aitken used wind chimes to construct the project so that it would respond to the movements […]

Spanish Colonial house in Los Angeles receives major update by Síol Studios

California firm Síol Studios has maintained the historical character of a 1920s dwelling while adding contemporary elements, including an eclectic array of furnishings and artwork. Encompassing 1,848 square feet (172 square metres), the Genesee project was designed for Sonya Yu and Zack Lara, a San Francisco couple with two children. They desired a second home […]

Feldman Architecture integrates The Sanctuary house into lush Silicon Valley site

Rooms are organised around gardens and courtyards in this northern California dwelling, which Feldman Architecture has lifted above the ground in order to protect tree roots. Located within walking distance of downtown Palo Alto, The Sanctuary house was designed for recent empty-nesters who are eyeing retirement. When searching for a property on which to build their […]

Olafur Eliasson’s silver orbs create tunnel effect on San Francisco’s waterfront

Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson has installed five reflective spheres at a plaza adjoining a San Francisco waterfront sports arena. Seeing Spheres was unveiled this week at the city’s Chase Center sports complex. It is Eliasson’s first permanent public work on the west coast, and his largest public work in the US. The installation comprises five globes […]

Carla House by Walker Workshop stretches across ridge in Beverly Hills

Rotated wings connected by a central volume make up this hilltop mansion by Los Angeles studio Walker Workshop, which features a cinema, an infinity pool and a spacious “party deck”. Rising three storeys, the Carla House sits atop a secluded ridge overlooking LA’s hilly terrain and distant mountains. The iconic Hollywood sign is visible from […]

Designs by Rem D Koolhaas and Joey Ruiter feature in Disruptors exhibition at LA museum

An abstracted Lamborghini, a scrunched-up bike and a motorcycle operated by a smartphone are among the pieces showcased in an exhibition at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. The exhibition Disruptors features work by Rem D Koolhaas and Joey Ruiter, two renowned creatives who have both explored automotive design. An array of objects are […]

$100 million repairs approved for San Francisco’s sinking Millennium Tower

A $100 million alteration designed to prop up the sinking and tilting Millennium Tower in San Francisco has been approved as tenants reach a tentative settlement with its developers. Independent experts have endorsed the plan to fix the 58-storey luxury condominium tower, which has sunk 18 inches (45.7 centimetres) and tilted 14 inches (36 centimetres) […]

Dorte Mandrup and Diller Scofidio + Renfro compete to masterplan LA’s La Brea Tar Pits

Architecture firms Dorte Mandrup, Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Weiss Manfredi have revealed their competition proposals to redevelop the park and museum accompanying Los Angeles’ historic La Brea Tar Pits. The trio created the designs for the surroundings of live-dig area La Brea Tar Pits, which formed over thousands of year as tar leaked from the […]

Roof completes on Heatherwick and BIG’s Google HQ

New photos capture the latest progress on the headquarters that BIG and Heatherwick Studio have designed for Google in California’s Mountain View. Silicon Valley photography company The 111th took the images of Google’s new campus, currently under construction in Mountain View, California. Danish architect Bjarke Ingels‘ international firm BIG and London’s Heatherwick Studio, led by […]

M-Rad designs accessible tiny cabin for California campground

American firm M-Rad has created a compact, movable cabin with design elements to accommodate people with disabilities, including a shower with a seat and doorways wide enough for a wheelchair to pass through. The X-Suite dwelling is featured at Autocamp Yosemite, a glamping site in northern California that offers a range of accommodations, from tents […]

Huge salvaged trees form benches in San Francisco restaurant Radhaus by Envelope A+D

A screwdriver, drawer knobs and a pipe are among the objects that Berkeley studio Envelope A+D has used as beer taps in this industrial-style restaurant in San Francisco. Radhaus is a beer hall and Bavarian restaurant located in the Bay Area’s historic Fort Mason Centre for Arts and Culture, a region acknowledged for its former […]

Buildings in LA are torn down and rebuilt as fast as movie sets, says Tarantino’s production designer

Major high-rise developments are razing the architectural past of Los Angeles at a rapid rate, says the production designer behind the 1960s sets of Quentin Tarantino’s movie, Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood. Production designer Barbara Ling said that creating the sets for the summer blockbuster highlighted the fast pace of development in the city. “Los […]

California’s “elaborately designed” concrete skateparks captured by Amir Zaki

Jagged tunnels edged with red trim, scooped walls and wave-like canopies are among the defining features of these vacant concrete skateparks in California, photographed by artist Amir Zaki. The images feature in the California Concrete, a Landscape of Skateparks publication, and document 12 unusual and elaborate skateparks in city’s across the state. Zaki, who grew […]

LOHA tops MLK1101 housing for Los Angeles’ homeless with sloped green roof

Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects has built social housing in Los Angeles featuring a green roof, herb garden, a community centre and retail spaces to foster wellness and community for those in need. Called MLK1101, the project accommodates affordable housing and a community centre in South Los Angeles, California. It comprises a four-storey building and a smaller […]

Morphosis unveils Korean American National Museum for Los Angeles

Architecture firm Morphosis has unveiled its design for a sculptural, plant-covered museum in Los Angeles dedicated to the cultural heritage of Koreans living in America. The Korean American National Museum will be built on the corner of 6th Street and Vermont Avenue in the city’s Koreatown, and focus on preserving, studying and presenting Korean-American culture. […]

Studio O+A designs Slack Headquarters in San Francisco to allude to hiking along the Pacific Coast

Deserts, forests and mountain peaks inspired the design of tech company Slack‘s 10-storey office in San Francisco, which is meant to embody “the similarities between hiking a wilderness trail and working”. The Slack Headquarters is located within a 16-year-old building in the downtown district, near gleaming new skyscrapers such as the Salesforce Tower by Pelli […]

Mork-Ulnes uses Corten steel to protect Triple Barn residence in California from wildfires

Weathering steel, concrete and glass were used to form this asymmetrical dwelling by Mork-Ulnes Architects that is nudged into a hillside overlooking a verdant, rolling valley in northern California’s Sonoma County Mork-Ulnes Architects – which has offices in San Francisco and Oslo – was charged with creating a home that not only met the clients’ […]

Los Angeles firehouse becomes boutique hotel fronted by red garage doors

A new boutique accommodation, envisioned as a “dreamy mix of the elegant and bizarre”, has opened up inside a 1970s firehouse in Los Angeles. The property marks the first boutique hotel in the city’s up-and-coming Arts District, and is aptly named the Arts District Firehouse Hotel. The property is housed in an old firehouse, which […]

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