Movie Director Michael Bay Bel Air Breathtaking Villa| Residential Design
Director Michael Bay (Transformers, Armageddon, Pearl Harbor) commissioned this stunning 30,000 SF three-story Los Angeles residence, which was originally conceived by architect Chad Oppenheim and realized by the architecture firm Rios Clementi Hale Studios and interior designer Lorraine Letendre, with additional work by decorator Lynda Murray.
From the Architect:
The house immerses itself into the hillside and accentuates the distinct views of both Los Angeles and the Santa Monica mountain range. The two master bedroom modules hover above and further frame this unique condition. The swimming pool dramatically establishes the cliff’s edge, even extending beyond it at one end. Concealed within the hillside are a large theater, movie prop museum, parking, spa and bedrooms.
Letendre mixed vintage designs by the likes of Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret with bespoke creations such as the dining room’s steel table and the master bath’s Italian-made travertine tub. Complementing those pieces is a tightly curated array of art, from the Anish Kapoor mirrored wall sculpture in the living room to the centuries-old sandstone Buddha head overlooking Bay’s bed. “The house is not about small gestures but about the quality of the spaces and views,” Letendre explains. “Michael doesn’t need a lot of visual noise.”
The house has a 50-seat movie theater designed by Jeff Cooper , the acoustics of which are so exceptional that even Steven Spielberg was wowed upon visiting it, a movie prop museum, parking for several cars, a spa and several bedrooms, plus two master bedroom modules that hover above the rest of the building with incredible views of Los Angeles and Santa Monica.
Principal in charge: Chad Oppenheim
Project Manager: Carl Römer
Project Contributors: Sebastian Velez, Jacobus Bruyning, Greg Smith, Lester Rey, Jose Ortez, Giancarlo Pietri, Juan Calvo and Gerald Wood.
Architects of record, Jeffrey Stenfors of StenforS|Associates Architects, Rios Clementi Hale Studios and interior designer Lorraine Letendre, and decorator Lynda.
Photographer Roger Davies