Producer & director, Michael Bay, known for his action-packed big-budget blockbusters like the Transformers & Armageddon has built this spectacular party pad in the Hollywood Hills. Architect Chad Oppenheim (who designed a never-build apartment building in Miami that I bought into. His designs are minimal and spectacular. His original plan for this 30,000-square-foot, three-story house, with a 40-seat digital theater, was modeled on another unrealized proposal for a group of Caribbean villas. Bay, who is based in Miami, uses the house just for parties during trips to LA:
“I wanted the house to have the feel of a resort. I looked at the first sketch Chad showed me and said, ‘That’s the house I want!’”
The huge house makes a fairly discreet impression from the street side, with much of it built into the hillside. According to Architectural Digest:
Once encountered straight on, however, the scheme is a tour de force of architectural acrobatics, its breathtaking overhangs and column-free spans engendering a palpable sense of weightlessness. This quality is perhaps most eloquently expressed in the two independent volumes balanced atop the house’s main level—one a bedroom suite for Bay, the other for VIP guests.
Amazing what money will buy, huh? (Bay’s estimated net worth is north of $400 million, btw) But one thing it doesn’t buy is good taste, something more evident in his architectural and design choices and less so in his films, if you ask me. To illustrate, he just won a Razzie for Worst Director of 2014 – I know, I’m sure he’s crying all the way to the bank.
(Photos, Roger Davies; via Architectural Digest)