The West Hollywood abode of an all-star composer, where glass and concrete create a perfect harmony
When a composer for blockbuster action films asked Los Angeles design firm June Street Architecture (JSA) to create a fluid, minimal look for a 4,700-square-foot new build in West Hollywood, the team took it on with the earnest gusto of a superhero.
The client, who has a keen ear for texture, balance and sweeping moments in music, wanted to apply the same discipline to his residence, now a four-bedroom, five-bathroom bachelor pad with a state-of-the-art recording studio, a home theater and striking spaces inside and out.
“He wanted a modern sanctuary in the middle of the city,” says Sonny Ward, principal at JSA. “A home close to all the amenities where he can live, work, relax and entertain.” Ward, along with project designer Malek Alqadi and project manager Corey Miller, realized the client’s modern-cool dream home in the midst of a lively neighborhood.
The first challenge was to develop a layered, innovative space with the emotional power of a film score. So the designers devised the home with cinema in mind. “The entry is very similar to a movie trailer,” says Alqadi. “It gives you a preview of what you’re about to experience but does not allow you full access until you go through the stone threshold, to the living space, all the way to the master suite. From the master, he can view the entire property and reflect on his day.”
Conceived in a C shape, the home surrounds an Italian Bolzano blue stone “spine,” which acts as a vertical foundation. The rooms extend out with a sense of both precision and fluidity. “The design becomes its own sanctuary and allows the architecture to provide the experience as you circulate through the home,” says Miller.
As to the all-important matter of sound, the team collaborated with a sound engineer to ensure the best acoustics possible, cleverly disguising the JBL Synthesis speaker system using varied ceiling heights and sound buffers within the custom wood planking and stone throughout. “Just as [the client] composes unique moments and experiences in his music, it was necessary that this home do the same architecturally,” says Ward.
Though the space employs cutting-edge technology—touch screens abound, and there’s an in-mirror TV in the master bath—its aesthetic is inspired by classic modernism. (The designers cite the Schindler House, architect Rudolf M. Schindler’s 1920s West Hollywood residence, as an important case study.)
Here, drama intensifies without bold colors or showy silhouettes. Instead, the composition of glass, wood planking and stone, as well as a series of operable glass doors, blur the lines from room to room, from indoors to out. The exception is the master bedroom, which is elevated with hardwood floors to “establish the change from public to private space,” says Alqadi.
From the muted, masculine gray and brown palette to the minimal furniture and accents, every corner is rich in detail but never distracting from the home’s gorgeous, restrained framework. “The goal was to exude calm while stimulating with intriguing forms,” says Alqadi. Music to one’s ears, and eyes.
Photography by SAM FROST.
Written by KERSTIN CZARRA.