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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:
Over the past forty years, Michael Ovitz has been involved in a wide variety of activities in the worlds of entertainment, advertising, finance, business and philanthropy. He began his entertainment career prior to graduating from UCLA, as a tour guide at Universal Studios. He later started in the mailroom of the William Morris Agency, soon became a highly successful TV agent there before leaving with four colleagues to found CAA.
Ovitz co-founded Creative Artists Agency (CAA) in 1975 and served as its Chairman until 1995. Over that 20-year period, he grew the agency from a start-up organization to the world’s leading talent agency, representing more than 1,000 of the most notable actors, directors, musicians, screenwriters and other personalities in the entertainment industry. While at CAA, Mr. Ovitz was known for assembling “package deals”, wherein CAA would utilize its talent base to provide directors, actors and screenwriters to a studio, thus shifting the negotiating leverage from the studios to the talent.
Ovitz expanded the purview of the agency by moving into such activities as corporate consulting, investment banking and advertising. He helped negotiate such transactions as Matsushita’s acquisition of MCA/Universal, the financial rescue of MGM/United Artists, and Sony’s acquisition of Columbia Pictures. He shook up the advertising industry by winning Coca-Cola's global advertising account in 1991. Mr. Ovitz also served as President of the Walt Disney Company, from October 1995 to January 1997.
In January of 1999, he launched a related family of talent management, motion picture and television production companies. Since selling those companies in 2002, he has remained involved in a limited number of film and video game projects, while devoting the bulk of his time to investing in startup technology and media companies, real estate and other ventures.
Ovitz has also served as a member of the Board of Directors for J. Crew Group Inc., Gulfstream Aviation and Opsware. He served as Chairman of the Executive Board of the UCLA Hospital and Medical Center and headed up the Capital Campaign to raise money for their new hospital, designed by I.M. Pei. He also served on the Executive Advisory Board of the Pediatric AIDS Foundation, the Board of Directors of D.A.R.E. America, and the National Board of Advisors for the Children’s Scholarship Fund. He is currently involved in numerous cultural and charitable activities. He currently sits on the boards of both the Museum of Modern Art and the Council on Foreign Relations.