AvroKO’s interiors for Calistoga Motor Lodge and Spa look like “a fictitious Wes Anderson film”

October 20, 2017 Dan Howarth 0

The latest mid-century motor lodge given a new lease of life as a boutique hotel is this property in California, which has been refreshed with a colour palette reminiscent of its former heyday. Calistoga Motor Lodge and Spa was rejuvenated by US design firm AvroKO, which has worked on hospitality projects including a “micro hotel”

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Feldman Architecture incorporates garage-door windows into California home

October 19, 2017 Bridget Cogley 0

Glazed garage doors surround this wood-clad residence by US firm Feldman Architecture in California’s Sonoma Valley, an area that was recently devastated by wild fires. The home is situated on a 40-acre (16-hectare) property in Healdsburg, a small town on the Russian River, in the heart of the state’s winemaking region. The area suffered major

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Martin Fenlon merges architectural styles for house in Los Angeles

October 16, 2017 Eleanor Gibson 0

The 1920s bungalows and 1950s modernist buildings found across Los Angeles influenced locally based Martin Fenlon Architecture when designing this house for one of the city’s conservation areas. The Brucato House is located in LA’s Highland Park-Garvanza district. Northeast of Downtown, the area is the largest of the city’s Historic Preservation Overlay Zones (HPOZ) –

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Tino Schaedler takes cues from movie sets for his LA family home

October 12, 2017 Eleanor Gibson 0

Large windows provide framed views of Los Angeles from this hilltop house, which German art director Tino Schaedler has designed for his family. Prior to establishing himself as a well-known art director and digital set designer, Tino Schaedler studied architecture and had a stint of time working for architect Daniel Libeskind. He and his wife artist Pia

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The Trousdale Residence By Mayes Office

October 10, 2017 Erin 0

Photography by Nathan Irick   Californian architectural and design firm Mayes Office, have recently completed a new and modern house that’s located at the top of Beverly Hills.   Upon arriving at the house, you’re greeted by uplighting that highlights the landscaping and the garage. Photography by Nathan Irick To get to the front door, guests […]

Andrea Lenardin Madden adds cantilevering extension to midcentury LA residence

October 5, 2017 Jenna McKnight 0

For a 1950s home in Los Angeles’ elite Bel Air neighbourhood, architect Andrea Lenardin Madden has added an angular volume with floor-to-ceiling glass that extends over the landscape. The project entailed restoring and expanding the Ward House, a landmarked residence designed by Rodney Walker, a notable midcentury-modern architect who conceived several Case Study Houses. Built

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Airbnb uses current listings to theme interiors of expanded San Francisco headquarters

October 3, 2017 Bridget Cogley 0

Home rental website Airbnb has taken cues from its listings around the world when designing additional office spaces at its headquarters in San Francisco. The Airbnb environmental team collaborated with local architecture firm WRNS Studio to redesign the warehouse-like structure at 999 Brannan Street – an extension of the company’s main office at 888 Brannan down the

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New images show Renzo Piano’s Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in LA

September 29, 2017 Dan Howarth 0

New images have been released detailing Renzo Piano’s design for a moviemaking museum in Los Angeles, following news that project has just received a $50 million funding donation. Currently under construction, the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will comprise a 300,000-square-foot (27,870-square-metre) campus, in the Californian city that is home to Hollywood’s movie studios. The building

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Splayed shipping containers form Joshua Tree Residence conceived by James Whitaker

September 26, 2017 Jenna McKnight 0

An office comprising a cluster of angled shipping containers, proposed for a site in Germany by James Whitaker but never realised, is now being built as a home in the California desert. Photo-realistic renderings of the proposed home by the London-based designer show a cluster of white cargo containers emerging like a starburst from a

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BIG, MVRDV, James Corner and more to tackle Bay Area climate change

September 19, 2017 Dan Howarth 0

Ten teams of architects and engineers have been chosen to design solutions that will help San Francisco and the surrounding region combat the effects of climate change. Resilient by Design’s Bay Area Challenge asked entrants to come up with ideas to protect coastal areas from rising sea levels, flooding and earthquakes. As the global climate

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Apple Park’s Steve Jobs Theater opens to host 2017 keynote

September 12, 2017 Dan Howarth 0

Apple CEO Tim Cook has officially opened the auditorium and events venue at the company’s Foster + Partners-designed campus, where today’s Apple Event took place. Named after Apple’s late founder, the Steve Jobs Theater held its first event today, during which the tech giant unveiled a variety of products including the rumoured iPhone X. A

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

September 5, 2017 Dan Howarth 0

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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Jensen Architects adds contemporary rear facade and pared-down interiors to historic San Francisco house

August 26, 2017 Bridget Cogley 0

US firm Jensen Architects has revamped a Victorian home in San Francisco with perforated aluminium panels across the back and minimalist interiors to match. The local firm was awarded 2017 AIA San Francisco Historic Preservation Commendation Award for Alamo Square Residence, which features a blend of original and contemporary elements. Victorian houses are a hallmark of San Francisco’s architecture, characterised by

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

August 23, 2017 Dan Howarth 0

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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This “Healing Garden” Was Added To A Medical Center In Los Angeles

August 14, 2017 Erin 0

Photography by heli photo   AHBE Landscape Architects have designed the new Healing Gardens and terrace for Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California.   The garden is separated into two concrete plaza sections that sit on top of a multi-level garage. Photography by heli photo One of the main design elements is the inclusion of a sculptural pavilion by […]

The Tiburon Bay View House by Walker Warner Architects

August 10, 2017 Erin 0

Photography by Laure Joliet   Walker Warner Architects have designed a new house on the Tiburon Peninsula in California, that has expansive views of San Francisco Bay.   Photography by Laure Joliet A bold red pivoting front door welcomes you to the home, and once inside, there’s an entryway that provides access to two separate sets of […]

Apple Park employees revolt over having to work in open-plan offices

August 10, 2017 Rima Sabina Aouf 0

Some Apple workers hate the open-plan layout of their new Foster + Partners-designed campus so much they might quit, according to reports circulating around Silicon Valley. A $5 billion (£3.8 billion) development eight years in the making, the Apple Park campus in Cupertino, California began welcoming the tech giant’s employees in April. The remaining employees

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Materials meet seamlessly “like an iPhone” at northern California home by Natoma Architects

August 9, 2017 Jenna McKnight 0

San Francisco studio Natoma Architects has completed a family residence that consists of intersecting volumes, with connections between its planes of concrete and glass designed to look as minimal as possible. The Oz House is perched on a hilltop in Atherton, California, and is accessed via a winding road. In addition to the main dwelling,

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J Byron-H designs minimalist nail bar in Los Angeles

August 8, 2017 Bridget Cogley 0

American architect J Byron-H has created a decluttered nail salon in Los Angeles with industrial-style surfaces and pops of blue. J Byron-H teamed up with branding agency Weekday Studio to create Color Camp, a pared-down nail salon in LA’s trendy Fairfax District. It is located on Beverly Boulevard, alongside hip coffee shops, streetwear clothing stores, and Pugh + Scarpa’s

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BEFORE And AFTER – The Beach Lab By Surfside Projects

August 7, 2017 Erin 0

Photography by Darren Bradley   Surfside Projects has recently completed the modern renovation of a 1957 coastal rancher home in Leucadia, California, and transformed it into a fun, bright and friendly house.   Here’s a look at what the home used to look like before the renovation and what it looks like now. The garage […]