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Boulders and pine trees surround High Desert Retreat by Aidlin Darling Design

December 2, 2021 James Brillon 0
A house perching on rocks in California by Aidlin Darling Design

San Francisco firm Aidlin Darling Design has completed a low-slung home in California’s Palm Desert that is intended to contrast the boulders and trees found in its remote setting. The three-bedroom family home is located on a rocky plateau in the arid landscape, with views of the Coachella Valley and San Jacinto Mountain Range. This

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Adi Goodrich designs surrealist Los Angeles store Dreams with blue rock at its centre

December 2, 2021 Cajsa Carlson 0
Atwater Village lifestyle store Dreams

Spatial designer and artist Adi Goodrich has filled the Dreams lifestyle store in Los Angeles’ Atwater Village with colourful surrealist details, including a lobster phone and a “glowing” blue rock. Goodrich created the store together with her creative partner and Dreams’ owner, Monica Navarro, with whom she’d previously worked on the Wine + Eggs grocery

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Sophie Goineau and Enclosures Architects refurbish midcentury house in Beverly Hills

November 30, 2021 James Brillon 0
Curved kitchen of the Cove Way House

Interior designer Sophie Goineau and Los Angeles studio Enclosures Architects have restored Cove Way House in Beverly Hills by Alfred T Wilkes with updated finishes, “preserving the integrity of original LA modernism”. Located in LA’s upscale Beverly Hills neighbourhood, Cove Way House is a low-slung villa that was originally built in 1957. It is laid out

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Bunch Design adds colourful granny flat to a home in Los Angeles

November 19, 2021 Jon Astbury 0
Bunch Design granny flat

American practice Bunch Design has completed a colourful granny flat modelled on an oversized suit at the back of a home in Los Angeles, with sliding doors that enable it to become a single open space. Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs), commonly known as “granny flats”, were enabled by a 2016 change in state law to

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Feldman Architecture updates 1960s Round House in northern California

November 19, 2021 Jenna McKnight 0
Round House by Feldman Architecture

American firm Feldman Architecture aimed to take a respectful approach while overhauling a “quirky circular house” perched on a hillside near Silicon Valley. The Round House is located in the affluent town of Los Altos Hills and is bordered by a nature preserve. Completed in the 1960s, the building consists of a circular main floor,

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Petition launched to stop construction of controversial Munger Hall dormitory

November 17, 2021 Lizzie Crook 0
Munger Hall floor plan

More than 12,000 people have signed a petition against the construction of Munger Hall, a mostly windowless student dormitory for the University of California backed by billionaire investor Charles Munger. The campaign, which is hosted on change.org, was launched by Tommy Young, a student at the university’s Santa Barbara campus where the housing is set

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Tiny home village by Lehrer Architects provides temporary shelter for LA’s homeless

November 9, 2021 Dan Howarth 0
Pink-sided units at Whitsett West Tiny Home Village

Local studio Lehrer Architects has built a community of brightly coloured tiny houses on a narrow strip in Los Angeles for the city’s homeless residents. The Whitsett West Tiny Home Village occupies an oddly shaped stretch of land in North Hollywood, measuring a quarter of a mile long and only 20 feet (six metres) wide

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White stucco wraps Getty View Residence by Abramson Architects in Los Angeles

November 6, 2021 Jenna McKnight 0
Getty View Residence

White surfaces, both inside and out, offer the ideal backdrop for artwork in this light-filled home created by LA firm Abramson Architects for a creative client. The Getty View Residence is nestled into a sloped site on a quiet cul-de-sac in Los Angeles. As the name suggests, the 8,000-square-foot (743-square-metre) home is afforded vistas of

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Mostly windowless mega dormitory “fixes Corbusier’s errors” on Unité d’Habitation says billionaire designer

November 5, 2021 Cajsa Carlson 0
Munger Hall

Billionaire investor Charles Munger’s design for a much-criticised student dormitory at the University of California was informed by Le Corbusier and will “last as long as the pyramids,” he has claimed in an interview defending the project. Munger defended his vision for a 1.68-million-square-foot (156,000-square-metre) building, which would house 94 per cent of its 4,500 students in

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OPA designs interior of Californian home to resemble clouds

November 3, 2021 Natasha Levy 0
Seating nook of Softie house by OPA

Plump white walls and undulating ceilings can be found inside this house near San Francisco, which has been updated by design studio OPA to feature cloud-like forms. The owners of the three-floor home recruited OPA to create interiors that could provide “a release from the conformity of the outside world”. This prompted the local studio to

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