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Saturday, December 15, 2012
The Work of Michael Maltzan: Ovitz Residence Architect
The Michael Ovitz residence was designed by renowned Los Angeles architect Michael Maltzan. A conceptual combination between a modern 'villa' and a 'home', the challenge was to provide both a space for residential living and a museum to house Ovitz's significant art collection, which features works by Jasper Johns, Ellsworth Kelly, Pablo Picasso, Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko and many others. The collection is carefully curated with regular tours, while the home maintains the conveniences of a private residence.
The successful architectural reconciliation of these seemingly contrary public and private needs are attributed to Maltzan's approach to design. Throughout his body of work, which includes the Carver Apartments (a housing project completed with the Skid Row Housing Trust), the Inner City Arts Campus, and many others, great attention is given to 'fluidity' and the 'ways people move in and out of spaces', with unexpected sightlines, diagonal views, and so forth. In the Ovitz residence, this is accomplished via the 'parametric relationship', defined as 'the continuity of surface across panels, edges, and corners' all via a distinctly modern style complementing the Modernism and Post-Modernism representative of Ovitz's collection.
Read more about Michael Maltzan in two articles of interest: