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Cadillac: Driven By Design, Los Angeles- 12.11.14

arch0.jpg This post is in partnership with Cadillac. Last time they brought us to Atlanta for Road to Table: A Cadillac Culinary Experience. This time, they invited us to Driven by Design, in our hometown of Los Angeles. A fantastic day of architectural adventuring close to home!

Cadillac has teamed up with Architectural Digest for a series of architectural tours in various cities, including Miami and Los Angeles, and they were kind enough to invite us to experience a different view of LA in a train of brand new 2015 Cadillac Escalades cruising through the hills. First stop: The Hotel Bel-Air. Followed by the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, the iconic (and film and music video famous) Sheats Goldstein residence in Beverly Hills by John Lautner, and the North Faring residence in Holmby Hills. There was definitely something surreal about wandering the Sheats Goldstein residence at sunset, aka the Big Lebowski Jackie Treehorn House! It was a great experience to get to peek at all of these designs up close. See the details of them all on the next page.

This post is in partnership with Cadillac.

Pulling into the Hotel Bel-Air, you can’t miss the fleet of Escalades awaiting us… arch1.jpg

It was there where we had a chance to talk with architect (and LA local) Zoltan Pali, the principal of Studio Pali Fekete Architects in Culver City. Turns out that he too is an LA native, with a love of Topanga Canyon! During his keynote talk it was great to hear that working on the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts was more meaningful than you would first expect. As a kid, he fondly remembers going to the historic Beverly Hills post office it once was! arch2.jpg

Hopping into our Escalades, we alternated driving and passengering to get the full experience of what these SUVs can do. arch3.jpg

First stop, the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills designed by Studio Pali Fekete Architects. It just opened in fall of 2013. arch4.jpg


You can’t miss its merging of modern facades with the historic 1933 Beverly Hills Post Office. They even turned the windows where you bought stamps into ticket booths. arch6.jpg

Here’s a look into the 500-seat theater from the stage. arch7.jpg

Some fun details that caught our eye… the way the concrete mixes with the grass is reminiscent of the High Line. And it was fascinating to go back stage! arch8.jpg

Next up, and undeniably the most exiting part of the tour - the Sheats Goldstein residence in Beverly Hills by John Lautner. You’ve seen this house in everything from The Big Lebowski to Snoop Dogg and Pharrell’s video for “Let’s Get Blown,” and even in Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle and Bandits. arch9.jpg

The view! arch10.jpg

The Brutalist pool and living room area… arch11.jpg

Picturesque moments everywhere you turn. It’s all especially stunning in the glow of the magic sunset hour. arch12.jpg

Amazing to see the scale model of the house nestled into the hillside… arch13.jpg

Here’s the tour group hanging on to the docent’s every word… It was also incredible to later get a peek inside the private nightclub bring constructed below the tennis court while we were on site. arch15.jpg

Some lovely design details that grabbed us… arch14.jpg

Our final stop, as the sun nearly disappeared, was the North Faring residence in Holmby Hills, designed by Quinn Architects London. We were greeted by the ELRs parked (and plugged in) out front. arch18.jpg

This 15,250 sq ft villa was finished earlier this year and is still looking for a new resident. The tour group loved that Jay-Z and Beyonce tried it out for a few weeks, but passed on it. arch19.jpg

More fun details - Inspiring art! A NOTCOT first, we had to put booties on (and take them off and put them on…) as we walked through the house. arch21.jpg

The hand rails for the stairs were definitely the most interesting design feature - they appeared to be cut out of the marble wall! arch20.jpg

In the darkness, every room of the house lights up like a doll house - you certainly get quite a view from the pool of just about everything happening within. arch22.jpg

And just like that, the day flew by, and we hopped back in our Cadillac Escalades and caravanned back to the Hotel Bel-Air with a new perspective on some of the architectural wonders tucked away in the hills of Los Angeles. Thanks, Cadillac!

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I’m so, so jealous you got a tour of the Sheats Goldstien residence. Easily one of my most favorite modern structures ever designed. Such a remarkable work. I was lucky enough to be on the Miami #DrivenByDesign tour, but I’m still jealous!

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