Los Angeles Architecture and Design

Browse Dwell stories about modern homes, design, and architecture in and around Los Angeles, CA.

A Luminous Spanish-Style Charmer Seeks $2.1M in Los Angeles
A Luminous Spanish-Style Charmer Seeks $2.1M in Los Angeles
The revamped 1920s abode features a retreat-like backyard, complete with a pool and detached studio.
- 4 days ago
A Renovated Cliff May–Designed Home in a Historic SoCal Enclave Asks $1.5M
The 1954 residence in Long Beach’s Rancho Estates is all about indoor/outdoor living.
Snag One of Harry Gesner’s Boat Houses in the Hollywood Hills for $920K
Here’s a rare chance to own one of eight historic homes designed by Harry Gesner and built by Norwegian shipbuilders in 1959.
This Warm, Inviting Home Captures the Best of Coastal Living on a Tiny L.A. Lot
This Warm, Inviting Home Captures the Best of Coastal Living on a Tiny L.A. Lot
Designed by Ras-a Studio, the Walk-Street House lives much larger than its compact site—thanks in part to plentiful outdoor areas and a stacked two-car garage.
- 14 days ago
Before & After: An L.A. Loft in a Former Nabisco Factory Gets a Japanese-Inspired Makeover
Amanda Gunawan of OWIU Design turns a cookie-cutter space into an Asian-inflected haven with an industrial edge.
A Rare Neutra-Designed Studio Lists for the First Time at $1.6M
Set in Santa Monica, the restored pied-à-terre was built for notable writer David Malcolmson in 1936.
Live Large in Actor Matt Damon’s Pacific Palisades Estate for $21M
Measuring 13,500 square feet, the seven-bedroom home by architect Grant Kirkpatrick of KAA Design is a sprawling, Zen-inspired retreat.
L.A. Is Taking On Homelessness With a New, Brightly Colored Tiny Home Village
Comprised of 40 prefabs, shared outdoor spaces, and in-house social services, the newly open community is the first of its kind for the city.
A 1960s L.A. Home Designed by Protégés of Richard Neutra Asks $2.4M
Architects Bob Mack and Phil Ransom originally conceived the hillside home in Beverly Glen.
Salvaged Wood From a Neglected Shed Shines Again in This Los Angeles ADU
A couple enlist woodworking experts to turn the run-down shack in their backyard into a gleaming guesthouse.
Case Study Architect Whitney R. Smith’s SoCal Residence Lists for $2.35M
Case Study Architect Whitney R. Smith’s SoCal Residence Lists for $2.35M
The landmarked home and studio in Pasadena was Smith’s principal residence throughout most of his career.
- a month ago
With Three Good Reasons and $400K, an L.A. Couple Build the ADU of Their Dreams
In housing-strapped Los Angeles, a designer couple take on their own backyard build—and create a new rental in the process.
A Wood-Clad Retreat in the Hills of Los Angeles Asks $2.6M
Perched high on a hillside in Topanga Canyon, this revamped home is dressed with natural wood inside and out.
Before & After: A Couple’s Careful Restoration of an L.A. Midcentury Earns It Landmark Status
Acting as their own general contractors, the homeowners respectfully update architect Doug Rucker’s redwood-clad Hogan Residence.
An L.A. Family Gets Creative With Materials to Make Their Net-Zero Home Undeniably Their Own
A couple enlist their architect parents to build a wonderfully eclectic house, taking on the challenges of a precipitous site and limited budget.
A Two-Decade Renovation Recasts a Derelict Home as an Artists’ Live/Work Haven
Warren Techentin Architecture turns a wonky Los Angeles home and bungalows into the perfect place for the owners to work and raise a family.
A Wood-Clad Beach Pad Flourishes on a Narrow Lot in Santa Monica
An architect makes the most of a narrow lot by prioritizing natural light and outdoor space over square footage.
The Holt House by Midcentury “Architect to the Stars” Hal Levitt Seeks $26M
Built in 1962, the Beverly Hills home features a covered bridge that spans a central pool.
A Bespoke Coffee Station Recalls the Java Dreams of a Couple’s Former Life in Brazil
Lalita Koehler and her partner, Fabio Costa, worked with the team at ras-a studio to design their award-winning home near Los Angeles.
A Midcentury Home in Malibu Shines After a Radiant Renovation
Studio Bracket Architects turn a 1949 International Style home into an ideal escape for a couple who collect pre-war American automobiles.
Asking $1.55M, This Restored L.A. Midcentury Celebrates Architect Jean G. Killion’s Forgotten Legacy
While working in Richard Neutra’s office, architect Jean Gloria Killion designed and built herself a stunning home and studio in the hills of Pasadena.
A Serene Post-and-Beam Home in the Hills of Los Angeles Asks $1.4M
The recently updated two-bedroom home is surrounded by a verdant hillside in Beverly Glen.
Before & After: Divine Details Help Streamline a Designer Couple’s L.A. Bungalow
A husband-and-wife team create a simple, understated home that inspires a sense of calm.
Rental Revamp: A Comedian’s L.A. Digs Get a Plush, Boudoir Treatment
Punchy colors and playful textures up the glamour in writer Mamrie Hart’s bungalow.
How Richard Neutra’s Lew House Broke the Mold and Became a Midcentury Icon
Richard Neutra designed the Lew House in 1958 to suit his clients’ lifestyle and well-being with an open floor plan, wall-to-wall glazing, and a gleaming glass carport.
A Designer’s $210K Prefab ADU Captures the Allure of California Living
Oni Lazarus of AO Studio commissions Cover to add a svelte prefab rental unit to the backyard of her Los Angeles home.
A Voluminous Loft in a Landmark Long Beach Theater Hits the Market for $878K
Perched high in the 1920s Ebell Theatre—just blocks from the beach—the converted loft comes with 18-foot-tall ceilings and a private rooftop patio.
You Can Almost Touch the Sky in This Renovated Midcentury Home in L.A.
Set on a hillside overlooking the San Fernando Valley, this midcentury-modern home is full of wondrous windows that connect the interior with the sky and the sweeping landscape.
A Minimalist Home Full of Clever Design Tricks Appears to Levitate Above the Earth
David and Mayuko Lai’s Japanese-inspired home hides technology, doors, and storage space with smart solutions.
Listed at $950K, This Clean-Lined Cottage in Los Angeles Is a Fresh Take on City Living
Tucked away in Glassell Park, this sunny 1940 home emphasizes indoor/outdoor flow.