Villa in Los Angeles by Oppenheim Architecture


This immense house is located on sunny hills of Los Angeles and provides outstanding views of both Los Angeles and the mountain range of Santa Monica. After having being rendered, this spectacular villa was commissioned for its build by Michael Bay – it’s current owner and all around known filmmaker, famous for his action-packed movies like Transformers series, Armageddon and Pearl Harbor. Even though the concept has started with Oppenheim Architecture, in the process of implementing of the project was involved a much larger team of professionals, among them Rios Clementi Hale Studios and designers Lynda Murray and Lorraine Letendre, who crafted the interiors. The three-story dwelling resides 30,000-square-foot and it took 4 years to complete the building process. The results are astonishing: column-free overhangs evoke an undeniable sense of weightlessness. The two master bedroom units hover above and further frame this unique condition. The swimming pool dramatically establishes the cliff’s edge, even extending beyond it at one end. Concealed within the hillside are a large theater, movie prop museum, parking, spa and bedrooms. Important to the dwelling was a home theater designed by architect Jeff Cooper, built with a mind-boggling sounds system.

Principal in charge: Chad Oppenheim
Project Manager: Carl Römer
Project Contributors: Sebastian Velez, Jacobus Bruyning, Greg Smith, Lester Rey, Jose Ortez, Giancarlo Pietri, Juan Calvo and Gerald Wood.

Photography by Roger Davies for Architectural Digest


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