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We love older homes. They often have a soul to them that seems to be lost in the design of newer developments. We could feel the energy of old Hollywood in the house and imagined stars of that age like Jean Harlow being invited over for cocktails. We tried to preserve, and in some cases restore, that essence with careful attention to the scale of different rooms and the relationship of one space to the other. Spaces were then updated to reflect contemporary living such as a movie screening lounge, an open chef's kitchen, a new outdoor courtyard and other unique modern amenities.

The upper level addition to the house presented some of the harder design challenges. It was done in 1980 and was an obvious attempt to simply maximize square footage. We needed to find ways to unify the two parts of the house and make the upstairs have the same grandeur as downstairs. Most of the upstairs rooms were reconfigured and in the process we were able to create bedroom suites with personal bathrooms and walk-in closets for each room, each opening to the central atrium with gallery walls.


Using rich materials and clean crisp lines, we aimed at re-creating the modern bachelor pad into a warm and inviting residence.  Floor to ceiling glass and frameless corner walls of glass expand the spaces into the exterior which help create more open and airy spaces which were much needed on a tight lot such as this.  With only enough room for a pool and outdoor sitting area in the rear, the spa found itself on the roof with a view of the Hollywood Hills, with over 1,000 square feet of roof terrace nestled by a continuous landscaped planter box, along with a 12 foot wide bbq counter, 8 person spa, firepit and 2 daybed + lounge areas.

The first floor is sliced in half by a stone wall which spans from the front of the house all the way to the rear.  Numerous sliding glass doors disappear into pockets built between double walls, exhibiting the exterior landscaping and water features when fully opened.


Educated at the "Ecole de Boulangerie Patisserie de Paris", Frederic and Fabienne Soulies come from a family of bakers and chef's so when they approached us with their vision of a Bakery/ Cafe concept, we couldn't resist this delicious project.  Our role in the project included feasability studies on multiple locations, ultimately aiding our clients in finding a space at the Historic PacMutual building in Downtown Los Angeles, across from the famous Pershing Square.

Our goal was to create a fresh yet rustic space that was cheerful, colorful and rich in materials.   A mix of different sitting areas were introduced for various uses.  Tables for eating, lounge chairs around a fireplace for some croissant and coffee and larger, more communal and small private tables outside with an 8 story green wall as the backdrop.  Bon Apetite!    


Embracing the outdoors, the Madison house  incorporates a number of ideas to connect the user to the exterior environment. Materials on the facade are wrapped around exterior walls and into the interior, connecting the two spaces. Numerous sliding glass doors disappear into pockets built between double walls, exhibiting the exterior when fully opened. 

The architecture of the facade is articulated by folding the second floor plane and the roof plane, creating bold horizontal projects that form the balconies. The roof plane is then divided into cozy lounge areas where you have 360 degree views over the neighboring houses but is recessed back from the roof edges to provide privacy.


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bB|A  Architecture + Planning

  • 6404 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1235
  • Los Angeles, CA 90048