About Studio Pali Fekete Architects
SPF:architects is a team of about 20 designers led by Principals Zoltan E. Pali, FAIA, and Judit M Fekete, LEED. Pali, also the company founder, established the firm 30 years ago in Los Angeles. The firm has drawn renovation designs for the Gibson Amphitheater, Greek Theatre, and Getty Villa Museum, having been entrusted with some of the city’s most iconic buildings. But they excel not only at that large scale but also in designing private homes in desirable Southern California locales. SPF:a homes have earned Architecture Magazine’s Home of the Year Award, an AIA National Honor Award, and even more accolades from Los Angeles Business Council, AIA LA, and Residential Architects Magazine.
The Oberfield residence is a sculptural modern home in West Hollywood. Its L-shape design and glass-walled first story maximize views of the Los Angeles basin. Vertical Swisspearl louvers along the back of the house contrast the building’s horizontal spread and control sun exposure. Natural materials in the 10,000-square-foot interior connect indoor living spaces to the grand lawn and angled infinity pool. In Los Feliz, SPF:a redesigned a 3,000-square-foot historical property now known as the Morgan Phoa Library Residence. Originally designed in the 1920s by Southern California architect Wallace Neff, the house had undergone an undesirable renovation before SPF:a revised the space to accommodate modern living and complement Neff’s plan. The new designs called for the renovation of a family room and addition of a two-story structure containing a garage and a library. To prevent glare from natural light, SPF:a added perforated screens of bronze anodized-aluminum, the patterns of which recall the original concrete window grilles. A pool lined with tiles from a local historic home, is the centerpiece of the new outdoor living area. The house garnered an Honorable Mention for Renovation/Adaptive Reuse in the 2016 Residential Architect Design Awards.
About Lehrer Architects
Michael B. Lehrer, FAIA, began his career as a sole proprietor in 1985 in Los Feliz. Lehrer Architects has since expanded to a corporation, but has stayed true to its LA roots. Besides single- and multi-family residential plans, their portfolio includes commercial and institutional projects, including the first LEED-Platinum museum in the world. Working out of a self-designed award-winning office space, the firm has won more than 80 major awards for design and sustainability. Homes by Lehrer Architects have earned recognition from Los Angeles Business Council and Southern California Development Forum, plus features in Architectural Digest, Dwell, and Interior Design.
Canyon Residence, winner of an LABC Award of Excellence, is not just a home, but also a working sculpture studio and has a vegetable garden, satisfying the client’s desire to have a living space that is also a creative environment. As featured in The Architect’s Newspaper, the new construction designs respect the surrounding wooded landscape. A horizontal plinth runs through the center patio and into the home, joining indoor and outdoor living areas and splitting the residence into two wings. A glass wall opens out from the studio, creating a translucent awning for the interior courtyard. The house, despite its amenities and size, is net zero, consuming no more energy than it generates. AIA Los Angeles awarded Lehrer Architects for Excellence in Design of the Davisson Residence, a quintessential California home. Lehrer maximized on a small and crowded yet coveted seaside plot by shifting the axis of the home. Sitting catty-corner on its base, the home is afforded sweeping views of the ocean through the back glass wall without giving up the feeling of a private beach retreat.
Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney Architects (EYRCA)
EYRCA led an extensive redesign of a 1939 Rudolph M. Schindler House on Ellis Avenue in Inglewood. The 981-square-foot single-story home had fallen into disrepair, but the firm’s designs salvaged features like the original brick fireplace and clerestory windows. The front yard landscaping joins the home’s outdoor living space with the neighboring Schindler house. The restorative update earned awards from Chicago Athenaeum, Los Angeles Business Council, and AIA California and Los Angeles. The Boxenbaum residence is home to a couple with adult children, and also serves as a gallery space for painter Kharlene Boxenbaum. The Beverly Hills home has an open floor plan and is oriented toward private exterior spaces. Cubic volumes of stucco and bonderized steel bring a sculptural element from the facade into the interior. Windows sit high on the walls, bathing living spaces in natural light and preserving wall space for large format artwork. Stone floors run through the family room and open kitchen out to the back patio entertaining space.
About Tighe Architecture
Patrick Tighe is a name to know in LA architecture. Winner of the AIA Young Architect Award and the Mercedes T. Bass Rome Prize in Architecture, Tighe formed a studio in 2004 to design civic, commercial, and residential developments. The firm isn’t afraid to experiment with materials and techniques, just as readily designing with hand-cut stones as laser-carved interior elements. You can find Tighe Architecture designs in Asia, Africa, and across the U.S. Not just focused on luxury budgets, the company earned AIA and American Architecture awards for their affordable housing designs for use in downtown L.A., adding to a trophy case that includes more than ten national and regional AIA Honors Awards and a Progressive Architecture Award. Interior Design, Architect’s Newspaper, and more have covered Tighe Architecture’s commercial and artistic endeavors.
Tighe Architecture won an AIA Los Angeles Residential Design Award for the Nurizzo residence, an urban infill project in West Hollywood. Dark cement cladding on the ground floor recalls the traditional siding of surrounding homes, but updates the aesthetic. The white faceted second story overhangs the lower level. Recessed wrap-around windows and a roof deck offer views without forgoing privacy. At the Collins Gallery home in Los Feliz, Tighe Architecture seamlessly blended living quarters with public art space. West Hollywood Magazine and Brave New Houses both featured the 14,000-square-foot building on their covers, and the AIA recognized the design with an Honor Award.
Edward Ogosta Architecture (EOA)
About Edward Ogosta Architecture (EOA)
Before establishing Edward Ogosta Architects (EOA) in 2007, Ogosta worked with two other firms on this list, Michael Maltzan Architecture and SPF:a. Now Principal of a firm with diverse design capabilities, Ogosta also finds time to work as a Professor of Architecture at Woodbury University in Burbank and serve on the Culver City Planning Commission. While maintaining deep ties with local architecture community, the firm has earned recognition from AIA and Residential Architect Magazine. Whether creating a high-end single-family home or designing for a large-scale institution, the firm keeps an eye on the details of how a space will be constructed and, eventually, experienced. EOA’s intuitive and inventive designs are featured in Dwell, Fast Company, ArchDaily, and Detail.
In Culver City, EOA designed the Rear Window House, a modern but understated bungalow. The project was a redesign of a seventy-year-old dwelling, plus a master suite addition. The addition continues the distinctive sloped roof of the original structure, but is finished in contemporary asphalt shingles. Besides a master bedroom, bathroom, and closet, the new volume also includes a library and a laundry room. The suite is capped with a broad window that cantilevers above a reflecting pool, offering broad but private views of the backyard greenery. The new and existing structures were updated with bleached wood floors and skylights. AIA Los Angeles awarded the design a Residential Architecture Award Citation. EOA also designed a multi-award winning building in Coachella Valley known as the Four Eyes House. As featured in Dwell, Angeleno, and Architect magazines, EOA designed the home around site-specific experiences rather than the interior living experience. Each of the four “sleeping towers” direct their view toward a spectacular sight; sunrise, the mountains, city lights, and the night sky. With no designated “master” space, each resident and guest is welcome to orient their experience toward any of the views. The common spaces on the ground floor are just barely distinct from the outdoors, wrapped in floor-to-ceiling glass panes.
KAA Design Group
About KAA Design Group
Southern California-native and USC graduate Grant Kirkpatrick has built up an architecture firm with celebrity recognition. KAA Design Group, Kirkpatrick’s studio since 1988, has designed homes for Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, The Pritzker Family, and other clients prepared to build their dream homes. Having already made a mark on retail design with storefronts for Hugo Boss, the firm now focuses exclusively on their residential business. Their portfolio has drawn attention from more than 30 design publications, and award juries at AIA, Architectural Record, City of Beverly Hills Architecture, and Los Angeles Design Council.
Matt Damon put down $15M to purchase a KAA-designed mansion in the Pacific Palisades area of Los Angeles. The compound sits on a .68-acre corner lot, and consists of a seven-bedroom house, a pool and spa, and a guest house. A two-story atrium anchors the center of the Zen-modernist three-story mansion. Sleeping porches, a koi pond, and a jewel-box garden are among the amenities that make the home a truly indoor/outdoor estate. At 34th & Strand, KAA flipped the typical floor plan, putting family living spaces on the top level, away from the bustle of the public beach at street level. The finishes reflect the family’s interest in sailing; glass, bronze, and mahogany add richness to continuous white plaster planes.
Michael Maltzan Architecture
About Michael Maltzan Architecture
Founder and Principal Michael Maltzan, FAIA, established his eponymous firm in 1995. The architecture and urban design house creates comprehensive designs that consider not just the interior experience, but how a residence interacts with its context. With work featured in Architectural Record, Artforum, Domus, and The New York Times, Michael Maltzan Architecture has a reputation for museum-worthy forward-thinking design. The firm has won five Progressive Architecture awards and dozens of citations from the AIA.
The Pittman Dowell Residence sits on a six-acre site in La Crescenta. The site, originally designed by Richard Neutra as a hillside subdivision, developed over decades, with the Pittman Dowell Residence rising out of the last clearing. The 3,100-square-foot house adds an urban inflection to the landscape, a form of basic geometric shapes interlocking in a faceted living space. In lieu of typical doorways, non-parallel walls, and staggered rooms create private zones. The negative space carved out by the polygons serves as an outdoor room. The dynamic home earned awards from AIA National, and the California and Los Angeles chapters. At the Hergott Shepard Residence, Michael Maltzan Architecture employed geometric volumes to different effect. The 5,000 square-foot hillside home in Beverly Hills invites meandering, with two main forms arranged along a zig-zag. Sliding glass walls integrate views of the city with the owner’s contemporary art collection. A model of the home is in the Museum of Modern Art’s collection in New York City.
Burdge & Associates Architects
About Burdge & Associates Architects
Douglas W. Burdge, AIA, founded Burdge & Associates Architects in Malibu in 1987. In the past 30 years, the firm has designed over 300 projects in Southern California, many for celebrities and Fortune 500 executives. Their extensive local portfolio of residential and commercial designs has helped the firm build productive relationships with developers and city officials. With a focus on eco-friendly coastal homes, Burdge & Associates has been covered in Architectural Digest, The Wall Street Journal, Veranda, and Traditional Home. Burdge designs have also earned a number of Gold Nugget awards, and appeared on luxury real estate national programming.
The Burdge-designed Malibu mansion that music producer David Foster, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Yolanda Foster, and their children, supermodels Bella and Gigi Hadid once called home, sold for $19M. The 11,260 square-foot, Mediterranean-style abode has six bedrooms, nine bathrooms, a screening room, and a recording studio spread over three stories. The three-acre property has breathtaking views of the Pacific and the Santa Monica Mountains. Il Divo member Sèbastien Izambard’s Zuma Beach home is on the market for $16M. Burdge & Associates Architects designed the luxury take on a European farmhouse. Known as the Harvester French estate, the 6,000 square-foot house has eight bedrooms, four bathrooms, and 270-degree views of the ocean. Also on the six acre property are private gardens, a tennis court, playgrounds, a horse corral, and outdoor dining rooms.
Richard Meier & Partners Architects
About Richard Meier & Partners Architects
Recipient of the Pritzker Prize and an AIA Gold Medal, Richard Meier gained experience working with Marcel Breuer and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill before founding his own practice in 1963. The firm led by Meier and partners James R. Crawford, Vivian Lee, Dukho Yeon, Reynolds Logan, Bernhard Karpf, and Michael Palladino, designs projects around the world out of offices in New York and Los Angeles. Outside of residential design, the firm also leads educational, governmental, and cultural projects, such as the Getty Center. Natalie Portman, Calvin Klein, and Hugh Jackman have purchased Meier-designed homes, and the firm has been honored by the national AIA more than 30 times.
The billionaire founder of Oracle, Larry Ellison, spent $48M to add a Richard Meier & Partners Architects home to his collection of real estate along Carbon Beach in Malibu. The house, originally designed for Lissette Ackerberg, is 7,700 square feet and sits comfortably alongside a private tennis court and the palatial abodes in the neighborhood known as “Billionaire Beach.” The house is laid out like an unfolding box with a central double-height space that extends out into horizontally-oriented wings. In the Southern California tradition, the building makes the most of its surroundings, with a loggia along the interior courtyard, a wraparound granite terrace, and skylights. From the pool, residents take in expansive views of the Pacific. Also in Malibu, the firm designed a Beach House that is made up of two structures joined by a sand and grass courtyard. Both houses are clad in teak, bronze, and wood, materials that will patina in the ocean air.
Landry Design Group
About Landry Design Group
A fixture on the Architectural Digest AD100 List for the last 15 years, Landry Design Group boasts an A-list clientele and a knack for both contemporary and classical design. Founder Richard Landry has grown the firm from its start in 1987 into the go-to brand name in luxury California homes. NFL legend Wayne Gretzky, actor Mark Wahlberg, and boxer Sugar Ray Leonard have called Landry designs home. California Homes Magazine, Luxury Living, and Variety have covered the firm’s high-end contemporary estates and rural villas. A 66-time Gold Nugget Award winner, Landry Design Group has also earned honors from Pacific Design Center, Business of Luxury Design, and the Robb Report.
Landry Design Group created a $14M manor for Mark Wahlberg. The French-style estate sits on a six-acre property in Beverly Hills with 30,000 square feet of living space between the main house and guest buildings. Despite its expansive size, every inch is designed for traditional, family living. Each room, including the two-story library, serves a purpose beyond being grand. That’s not to say the home lacks in celebrity-grade amenities, such as a wine cellar, gym, movie theater, and putting green. There is also a 2,200 square-foot outdoor room overlooking the rock-scaped pool complete with a waterfall and diving rock. The Wahlberg project came after Landry Design Group completed a Brentwood home for Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen. At half the size of Wahlberg’s estate, the residence is still a mansion encompassing almost 14,000 square feet. Patinaed limestone and Vermont gray slate evoke old-world architecture, but the design takes contemporary measures to be eco-friendly.