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November 19, 2013 |
Walt Disney's name is on Los Angeles' world-famous concert hall, but it was a far less-known Disney who came from behind the scenes to ensure that architect Frank Gehry's vision for the building stayed intact. Diane Disney Miller, Walt Disney's eldest daughter, had previously shunned the limelight along with other women in the family. "We were just three women, my mother, my sister and me," she said in a 2003 Los Angeles Times interview. "Housewives, if you will. " That's pretty much how the public knew her until 1997, when some of the city's most powerful figures came close to forcing out Gehry during a crucial planning phase of the hall.
November 15, 2013 |
When British developer Cathedral Group invited 20 architects and designers to create their version of a 21st century dollhouse, the results -- including work by the likes of Zaha Hadid -- were stunning. Each dollhouse was to include at least one feature that made life easier for a child with a disability, and that request seemed to inspire designers, who responded with Braille exteriors and free-flowing spaces. PHOTO GALLERY: 21st century dollhouses The dollhouses were auctioned off this week at Bonhams in London and raised nearly $145,000 for Kids, a British charity supporting disabled children and their families.
November 1, 2013 |
Cantilevered rooms, glass walls and wooden beams give this Pacific Palisades retreat the feel of a tree house. The Modernist home, on a wooded lot in Rustic Canyon, has been restored and immaculately maintained. Location: 730 Brooktree Road, Pacific Palisades 90272 Asking price: $4.25 million Year built: 1974 Architect: Ray Kappe House size: Three bedrooms, four bathrooms Lot size: 10,863 square feet Features: Living room fireplace, breakfast area, library/study, media room, bonus room, service entrance, decks, heated swimming pool, spa. About the area: In the first half of the year, 170 single-family homes sold in the 90272 ZIP Code at a median price of $2.268 million, according to DataQuick.
September 28, 2013 |
Flexible spaces, tech-savvy features and outdoor-oriented living are popular with well-to-do U.S. homeowners, a pair of recent surveys show. Among the 300 wealthy consumers polled, open floor plans, full automation/wiring and swimming pools topped the list of important amenities, a study by Coldwell Banker Previews International and the Luxury Institute found. Lower priorities for households earning at least $250,000 annually were staff quarters, tennis/sports courts and catering kitchens.
September 20, 2013 |
When plans commenced in 1987 to build Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown L.A., architect Frank Gehry was a relatively youthful 58 years old. By the time the hall was completed, after a number of delays and setbacks - not to mention some acrimonious bickering among its key players - the architect had become a 74-year-old eminence grise . Gehry, now 84, recently sat down for a conversation at Disney Hall with Times music critic Mark Swed and...
September 20, 2013 |
Architect Elizabeth Diller was in Los Angeles this week for a press event at the Broad, the new $140-million Bunker Hill museum her New York firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro is designing for philanthropists and art collectors Eli and Edythe Broad. Before she appeared with Eli Broad, Mayor Eric Garcetti and the museum's founding director, Joanne Heyler, Diller took Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne on a tour of the building, which is under construction and expected to open next fall.