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Gardenhouse Beverly Hills

Aug 26, 2020

Gardenhouse, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles

Design: MAD Architects

Location: 8600 Wilshire Boulevard, Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Gardenhouse, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles by MAD Architects
photo : Nic Lehoux

Gardenhouse MAD Architects’ First Project in the US Completed

Aug. 26th, 2020 – Los Angeles, USA – MAD Architects, led by Ma Yansong, has completed “Gardenhouse,” the first project completed by MAD in the USA.

Gardenhouse, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles by MAD Architects
photo : Nic Lehoux

Located at 8600 Wilshire Boulevard in California’s Beverly Hills, “Gardenhouse” is a mixed-use scheme consisting of 18 residential units above ground floor commercial space. Evoking the lush landscape of Beverly Hills, the scheme becomes a “hillside village” with residential units “growing” from the building’s living green wall.

Gardenhouse Beverly Hills, Los Angeles design
photo : Darren Bradley

Peaking above the landscaped envelope, a cluster of white façaded, irregular-shaped windows, and gabled-roof structures create a dynamic neighborhood, and a playful, witty, though simple homage to the iconic hillsides of Los Angeles.

Gardenhouse, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles by MAD Architects
photo : Nic Lehoux

Upon completion, the scheme will host one of the largest living green walls in the USA. This defining envelope is covered in lush plantings of native, drought-tolerant succulents and vines, whose familiarity to the local climate negates the need for extra irrigation and maintenance. The result is a unique texture forming an organic, natural, seasonal addition to the neighborhood streetscape.

Gardenhouse, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles by MAD Architects
photo : Nic Lehoux

The 4,460 sqm (48,000 sqft) “hillside village” offers a variety of different housing typologies: two studios, eight condominiums, three townhouses and five villas. This healthy mixture results in a high sense of community, and a feeling of individuality and exclusiveness even in this small-scale development.

Gardenhouse, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles by MAD Architects
photo : Nic Lehoux

Unlike traditional apartment schemes, each unit has its own independent entry/exit circulation route, while almost every unit features a pitched-roof volume with dynamic interior expressions.

Gardenhouse Beverly Hills, Los Angeles by MAD Architects
photo : Nic Lehoux

Enclosed by this cluster of white, pitched-roofed “houses”, the 2nd floor courtyard forms a central landscaped gathering space for the small community. With careful consideration given to the distance, orientation, and arrangement of balconies overlooking the courtyard, the result is a private, tranquil, convenient interaction between residents and the “secret garden” which they share.

Gardenhouse Beverly Hills, Los Angeles design
photo : Darren Bradley

Residents of “Gardenhouse” are welcomed via a ground-floor entrance along Stanley Drive, off Wilshire Boulevard. The entrance adopts the atmosphere of a cave digging into the hillside; a dim, surreal environment where residents are led on a journey through a “fairyland” of light, shadow, and the sound of water.

Gardenhouse Beverly Hills, Los Angeles by MAD Architects
photo : Nic Lehoux

Further ahead, the softness of the cave meets a bright conclusion, with natural light flooding through a connected water feature from the courtyard patio above. Standing beneath this threshold, visitors marvel at a framed view of sun, sky, landscape, and water: a living painting removing people from the reality of the city.

Gardenhouse Beverly Hills, Los Angeles by MAD Architects
photo : Nic Lehoux

Through “Gardenhouse,” MAD seeks to offer a rebuttal to the stereotypical cubic-box living environments of high-density cities across the world. An intrinsic connection with nature, with a tranquil, shared courtyard and private outdoor space for each unit, creates a calm oasis just meters away from the urban environment.

Gardenhouse Beverly Hills, Los Angeles design
photo : Darren Bradley

The result is a physical manifestation of the idea that architecture can connect with both the built and natural environment, to offer a more full, harmonious living experience.

Gardenhouse Beverly Hills, Los Angeles by MAD Architects
photo : Nic Lehoux

Ma Yansong said, “Los Angeles and Beverly Hills are highly modernized and developed. Their residences on the hills seemingly coexist with the urban environment. However, they also see enclosed movement at their core. The commune connection between the urban environment and nature is isolated.

Gardenhouse Beverly Hills, Los Angeles design
photo : Darren Bradley

What new perspectives, and new value, can we bring to Los Angeles? Perhaps, we can create a hill in the urban context, so people can live on it and make it a village. This place will be half urban, half nature. This can offer an interesting response to Beverly Hills: a neighborhood which is often carefully organized and maintained, now with a witty, playful new resident.”

Gardenhouse Beverly Hills, Los Angeles by MAD Architects
photo : Nic Lehoux

Gardenhouse, Beverly Hills – Building Information

Gardenhouse
Los Angeles, USA
2013 – 2020

Typology: Residential, Commercial
Site Area: 2,400 sqm
Building Area: 4,460 sqm
Building Height: 18m

Gardenhouse Beverly Hills, Los Angeles design
photo : Darren Bradley

Principal Partners in Charge: Ma Yansong, Dang Qun, Yosuke Hayano
Associate Partners in Charge: Flora Lee, Dixon Lu
Design Team: Li Guangchong, Jon Kontuly, Joanna Tan, Chris Hung-Yu Chen, Wenshan Xie, Cesar D Pena Del Rey, Jeffrey Miner

Gardenhouse Beverly Hills, Los Angeles design
photo : Darren Bradley

Client: Palisades Capital Partners LLC
Executive Architect: Gruen Associates
Structural Engineer: John Labib + Associates (JLA)
MEP Engineer: Breen Engineering Inc.
Landscape Architect: Gruen Associates
Interior Design: Rottet Studio
Civil Engineering: Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc.
Green Wall Specialist: Seasons Landscape
General Constructor: DHC Builders, Inc.

Gardenhouse Beverly Hills, Los Angeles by MAD Architects
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