West Hollywood Residence



Guest House
West Hollywood, California

The first phase of a new residential ensemble, the guest house and pool established a strategy for dealing with an unconventionally large, oasis like site situated along a busy thoroughfare in West Hollywood. The guest house defines the boundary between noise and traffic on the one side, and the serene, hedonistic landscape that characterizes the life of the house on the other. The living spaces open onto an outdoor terrace overlooking the pool and garden below, and the hills of Hollywood beyond. Custom designed and fabricated furniture complements and works within the confines of the building. The main house will complete the ensemble at the other end of the site, and will be connected by extension of the four meter high concrete block wall along the street that shelters the privacy of the garden inside.

Project Credits:
Russell Thomsen, Eric Kahn, Ron Golan, Gavin Farley.
Photography: COA.



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About Russell Thomsen

A founding partner in the award winning Central Office of Architecture (COA, 1987-2008) and IDEA Office (2009-2014), Russell Thomsen formed RNThomsen Architecture in 2015. He has been a licensed architect since 1989. The office provides a full range of architectural services. In addition to directing the practice, Russell is also a senior design studio faculty member at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) in downtown Los Angeles. The work of the office has been internationally recognized, exhibited and published. The office has received several awards including the Architectural League Prize and Emerging Voices, both from the Architectural League of New York, and the Best In American Architecture Award for the Saitama Residence.