LOHA designs affordable housing complex for difficult site in Los Angeles

American firm LOHA has unveiled plans for an affordable housing complex in Los Angeles, comprising stacks of shipping containers arranged on a triangular site near a busy highway interchange. The complex, called Isla Intersections, is slated to be built on a three-sided parcel that is just under a half-acre. Located in South LA, the property […]

Two mothers open Brella to offer flexible childcare in Los Angeles

Childcare subscription app Brella has opened its first space in Los Angeles, comprising play areas, a co-working space and a yoga studio. Launched in 2019, the startup is led by two mothers – Darien Williams and Melanie Wolff – that grew frustrated with the daycare options available to their own families. Brella‘s service provides licensed, […]

Solange directs Getty Center performance to be “extension of Richard Meier’s architecture”

Musician, Solange, has sent us behind-the-scenes photos of the performance she directed at the Richard Meier-designed Getty Center in Los Angeles. In this interview she tells Dezeen why she’s targeted major art museums with her music. The Grammy Award-winning musician teamed with performance-art company Gerard & Kelly to produce Bridge-s at the Getty Museum campus, […]

FAR adds studio with corrugated plastic door to artist’s Los Angeles residence

This artist’s studio, which architecture firm FAR has added to a Los Angeles house, includes a large polycarbonate door that folds in half and a rooftop covered in blue tiles. The Mount Washington Studio was designed for Los Angeles artist Kim Schoen to accompany her home nestled into a steeply sloped site in Mount Washington. […]

Herzog & de Meuron’s Dominus Winery photographed 20 years after completion

These photographs taken by Yueqi “Jazzy” Li capture the “mesmerising” dappled light inside Herzog & de Meuron‘s Dominus Winery. Jazzy Li’s series documents the interiors and exteriors of the Napa winery, which was completed by Herzog & de Meuron in 1997, marking its first project in the United States. “The Dominus Winery is still a […]

Koto and Abodu launch tiny prefab ADUs for San Francisco Bay Area

Prefabricated housing company Koto has designed a cabin-like ADU, or Accessory Dwelling Unit, that can be delivered to sites in San Jose, California in two weeks. Koto, a British startup that designs and manufactures modular, prefabricated cabins, teamed up with American homebuilder Abodu to bring the latest version of its pared-back, tiny homes to the […]

Field Architecture designs Pinon Ranch to embrace pastoral setting in California

Gabled volumes wrapped in wood and glass form this residence in northern California, which US studio Field Architecture designed to ensure that no trees had to be removed from the site. The Pinon Ranch home is located in Portola Valley, a town just south of San Francisco with a ranching history. The dwelling is nestled […]

Second Home Hollywood by SelgasCano adds 6,500 plants to former Los Angeles car park

The pods that Spanish practice SelgasCano has built to form garden studios in Second Home‘s first US campus resemble a group of huge yellow lily pads from above. The Second Home Hollywood campus comprises sixty curvilinear offices with yellow rooftops are built on the site of a former car park, alongside the former Anne Banning Community […]

Ivy Ross creates Google Design Lab at company’s Silicon Valley headquarters

Google‘s vice president of hardware design Ivy Ross has created an office building for her Silicon Valley team that is arranged around an atrium, skylight and staircase. Ross worked with an architecture team to complete the Google Design Lab at the company’s headquarters in Mountain View, California, where upcoming complex by BIG and Heatherwick and […]

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 […]

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