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 […]

Nike paints Los Angeles running track in pride flag colours

Running lanes of a refurbished track at Los Angeles City College are each painted a colour of the rainbow pride flag to advocate for the equality and inclusivity of LGBT+ athletes. Nike unveiled the track on National Coming Out Day on 11 October as part of their Be True campaign. The running field is dedicated […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Stephen Kenn Loft in downtown Los Angeles doubles as “micro hotel” and showroom

Stephen Kenn Studio has transformed an apartment within a century-old factory building into an Airbnb-style rental, where guests can try out furniture designed by the Los Angeles firm and its partner brands. Designed to be “part showroom, part micro hotel, part community space”, the loft was created by Stephen Kenn Studio, a multidisciplinary Los Angeles […]

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. […]

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 […]

AECOM designs LA Clippers sports complex to resemble a “basketball swishing through a net”

Diamond-shaped metal panels will wrap this oval sports venue that AECOM has designed for the Los Angeles Clippers basketball team. The Inglewood Basketball and Entertainment Center will provide the new home for the NBA basketball team, including an arena alongside other training facilities, offices, community spaces and shops. As revealed by Los Angeles Clippers yesterday, […]

Louis Vuitton X celebrates 160 years of artistic collaboration at the fashion house

Louis Vuitton has created an exhibition in Los Angeles that showcases its collaborations with leading artists over the past 160 years, complete with custom bags and a tropical pop-up shop. The Louis Vuitton X exhibition at the 468 North Rodeo Drive building in Beverly Hills, contains 180 items from the French fashion house’s archive. The items […]

SPF Architects designed The Line Lofts in Hollywood to enhance apartment living

This urban residential building by Californian firm SPF Architects features design strategies to eliminate a sense of repetition or homogeneity – qualities that can make apartment living “relatively unpleasant”. The Line Lofts are situated along Las Palmas Avenue, just one block from the famed Hollywood Boulevard. Encompassing 68,000 square feet (6,317 square metres), the six-storey […]

SelgasCano’s Serpentine Pavilion opens in Los Angeles

The plastic-wrapped Serpentine Pavilion designed by Spanish firm SelgasCano has been rebuilt in Los Angeles as an events space for British co-working company Second Home. Second Home, which provides studio and office space for creatives and entrepreneur, collaborated with the Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County (NHMLAC) to move the colourful structure to city’s […]

Six design studios shaping the Los Angeles design scene

The LA Design Festival 2019 kicked off yesterday with an exhibition spotlighting the city‘s top talent. US editor Eleanor Gibson selects six local designers and studios from the showcase to watch. INTRO/LA is an annual feature of the LA Design Festival, curated by American design agency Small Office to offer a platform to both emerging […]

Four granny flats in Los Angeles that make the most of a back garden

The Los Angeles Design Festival is spotlighting architect-designed granny flats with a series of tours this week. Here are look at four of the city‘s best. ADUs, or Assisted Dwelling Units, have become more popular in California since it made changes to state laws. Facing housing shortages and rising rents prices, the state wanted to […]

SelgasCano designs “most ambitious and bold” Second Home for Los Angeles

Spanish practice SelgasCano has revealed its design for Second Home in Hollywood – a sprawling co-working campus comprising bright yellow work pods interspersed with lush planting. Set to open in September this year, Second Home Hollywood will mark the first US location of the British company, which provides studio and office space for creatives and entrepreneurs. The […]

Enclosure Architects revives Rudolph Schindler’s Manola Court apartments in Los Angeles

A Los Angeles apartment building designed by modernist architect Rudolph Schindler has been updated by local firm Enclosure Architects to provide accommodation for its owners as well as short-term stays. Tash Rahbar and Scott Strumwasser of the firm were enlisted to restore the sixteen-unit complex Manola Court, which Austrian-born American architect Schindler completed in Los […]

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