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Curbed Los Angeles - Architecture 2014-12-25 02:35:33
Photos of butterfly roofs throughout southern California by Elizabeth Daniels. Atop thousands of houses in the warm western regions of the United States are roofs that turn the traditional housetop silhouette on its head. Two panels meet in the middle of the roofline and slope upward and outward, like butterfly wings in mid-flap. This similarity gave the "butterfly roof" its name, and …


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Curbed Los Angeles - Architecture 2014-11-06 22:13:14
LACMA announced an incredible gift this morning: "reclusive billionaire" and former Univision CEO Jerry Perenchio will donate "at least 47 works" to the museum, including pieces by Monet, Léger, Magritte, Manet, and Picasso, as well as "a very unique mixed-media Degas," as reported by the LA Times. LACMA won't get the works until after Perenchio dies (he's 83), but the donation …


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Curbed Los Angeles - Architecture 2014-10-25 02:38:07
It's Cults Week at Curbed LA! Join us. Possibly the world's oldest fraternal organization, Freemasonry dates back to the 1400s and has been a rich source of fodder for conspiracy theorists pretty much ever since. It's not a cult or a religion, but it is a close-knit, very old, and historically mysterious organization, with close ties to power. Further causes for suspicion …


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Curbed Los Angeles - Architecture 2014-10-17 03:14:08
[Photos by Elizabeth Daniels] This past weekend, the MAK Center for Art and Architecture held its MAK Games tennis tournament at the Sheats-Goldstein House, one of the sexiest properties in all Los Angeles (the Beverly Crest house was designed by John Lautner and played pornographer Jackie Treehorn's house in The Big Lebowski, hosted a real porn, and most recently served as the …


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Curbed Los Angeles - Architecture 2014-10-09 23:03:18
There's been a lot of drama this year over Italian starchitect Renzo Piano's work on the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, an adaptive reuse of the 1939 May Company department store building at Wilshire and Fairfax that also includes the addition of a giant glass sphere (which will house an enormous theater and viewing deck). In May, rumor's popped up that …


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Curbed Los Angeles - Architecture 2014-08-27 19:42:56
[Photo by Paul Vu] California is hoping to attract more youngsters to its state parks, so it asked a bunch of architecture students to design cooler cabins for camping. This snappy-looking little cabin, called The Wedge, is just one of the designs to come out of Juintow Lin's architecture studio at Cal Poly Pomona this spring. The class worked to design structures …


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Curbed Los Angeles - Architecture 2014-08-12 03:54:54
The most depressing @Starbucks in America just popped up in @HLP90042 pic.twitter.com/qdx4LuZTc9— Todd Johnson (@todd__johnson) July 27, 2014 Immediately upon opening, the Starbucks on Highland Park's ascendant York Boulevard was dubbed "The most depressing Starbucks in America." The stucco outlet comes with a classy drive-through window but no indoor seating and local architect Catherine Garrison has taken to Eastsider LA to explain …


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Curbed Los Angeles - Architecture 2014-07-25 06:06:23
Sure, drones are always spying or dropping bombs on people, but they're also always shooting super-dope videos of stuff we wouldn't otherwise see. (A real mixed blessing!) Thank god, Downtowner Ian Wood has gone with Use Two in this beautiful video of Downtown LA, which, as he writes, "Above the grit and noise of the street ... quietly provides some of …


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Curbed Los Angeles - Architecture 2014-07-18 06:28:19
Yesterday, we heard that actor/comedian Andy Samberg and musician Joanna Newsom have purchased Moorcrest, the famed 1920s house where Mary Astor and Charlie Chaplin once lived. Today, thanks to the semi-secret listing site (hit cancel at the password prompt), we finally get a look inside the estate, and it is damn spectacular. These photos are, in a word, nuts. We'd heard …


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Curbed Los Angeles - Architecture 2014-07-10 00:20:27
[Latest LACMA rendering by Peter Zumthor with Gehry's 8 Spruce Street by kiminnyc] Holy cow, LACMA and Metro are cooking up an extreme gamechanger on the Miracle Mile: a museum/hotel/condo tower, sited on top of a future Purple Line station at Wilshire and Orange Grove (across the street from LACMA) and potentially designed by Frank Gehry. "My dream is some beautiful piece …


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Curbed Los Angeles - Architecture 2014-07-04 03:42:48
For the A +D Museum's fundraiser last week, called Celebrate: Groundswell, big names in architecture and design—Arquitectonica, Richard Meier & Partners, Neil Denari, David Hertz, and many more—created custom surfboards, skateboards, and boogie boards in unusual/eye-catching designs and colors—just look at that eighties-fabulous Rios Clementi Hale surfboard! The "groundswell" concept was meant to invoke not just a surf-and-beach theme, but also …


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Curbed Los Angeles - Architecture 2014-06-25 02:32:05
Starchitect Peter Zumthor released plans last summer for a complete redesign of the LACMA campus, with a huge tar-pit-inspired building oozing through the site and overhanging the La Brea Tar Pits themselves. But that made scientists nervous (the tar pits are still an active research site), so he went back to work and has now released plans that ooze instead across …


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Curbed Los Angeles - Architecture 2014-06-11 22:41:03
Highly popular radio station/NPR-affiliate KCRW is one step closer toward its big, new architectural home at Santa Monica College—according to a statement, the station has broken ground on its new 35,000-square-foot Media Center—quite a change from the "extremely cramped" campus basement they've occupied for the past 30 years. Construction is scheduled to wrap in 2015, and the station's expecting to be …


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Curbed Los Angeles - Architecture 2014-06-06 01:27:28
On the left, the original design; on the right, the "alternative 84" design seen from Fourth/Arizona Starchitect Rem Koolhaas and his firm OMA have been yanked around quite a bit in just the last year or so since Santa Monica selected them to design the Plaza at Santa Monica, a mixed-user with a boutique hotel, restaurants, shops, a marketplace, and cultural and …


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Curbed Los Angeles - Architecture 2014-06-03 17:00:58
Starchitects, the architects so famous you actually know their names, have finally returned to the skies above Los Angeles in the past few years, with a post-recession clutch of projects from hotels to museums to megaprojects. Thom Mayne's Morphosis has just finished a triumph in Hollywood, hometown hero Frank Gehry is at work on major projects on both sides of town, …


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Curbed Los Angeles - Architecture 2014-05-14 21:30:25
[Photos by Elizabeth Daniels] Modernist master Rudolph Schindler only ever designed one church and South LA only has one Modernist building from the formally segregated mid-century era, and they're the same building: Bethlehem Baptist Church in Central-Alameda. But for nearly 40 years it was left more or less abandoned and allowed to deteriorate. Pastor Melvin Ashley of the Faith-Build International church told …


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Curbed Los Angeles - Architecture 2014-05-13 02:42:27
The British Pathé has recently uploaded thousands of wild historic videos to their YouTube, including a 44-second, tantalizing introduction to this very cool, totally precarious-looking house hanging off a Hollywood hillside. "Faced with a building site that seemed suitable only for goats," the announcer says, homeowner Leslie Guthrie and his designer, Modernist architect Richard O. Spencer decided that a 60-foot wooden …


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Curbed Los Angeles - Architecture 2014-05-12 23:50:34
Last week, the world learned about the long lost John Lautner house of Echo Park. Lautner is one of the most important Modernist architects to work in Southern California (his Organic Modernism is warmer and a lot more visceral than the International style of architects like Rudolph Schindler; his work is often associated with film villains), but no one seemed to …


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Curbed Los Angeles - Architecture 2014-05-12 23:24:43
A reader has provided some dizzying new pictures of the under-construction Pterodactyl office project in Culver City's Hayden Tract, designed by prolific Hayden firm Eric Owen Moss Architects. The roughly 16,000-square-foot Pterodactyl, described by its designers as an "intersection of nine elevated rectangular boxes," is being built atop an existing four-level parking garage located behind the Stealth Building on Hayden Avenue. …


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Curbed Los Angeles - Architecture 2014-05-09 04:38:08
Aren't we lucky: some of the greatest architects of the Twentieth Century spent years building little (and big) gems all over Southern California, so many that we could lose track of some and only learn about them decades later. A "long lost" house by John Lautner—who designed some of the most incredible Modernist houses anywhere—is about to hit the market in …


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