Hollywood Hills, CA

A 5,800-square-foot house nestled into the hillside on Mulholland Drive offers clear views of the San Fernando Valley, as well as relief from western sunlight. In addition to generating a stepped profile for the building, its three tiered levels (including the roof of the guest house) also provide patios. The elastomeric coating on the roofs helps with energy savings.

Visitors enter the property via an elevated driveway that gradually descends from Mulholland Drive to the house. Once they’ve arrived, guests can ascend stairs to the uppermost roof deck or enter the house into an open dining room, kitchen, and living space. Stairs from this mezzanine level lead down to a formal living room, with access to an infinity pool. Bedrooms occupy the level below.

The architects, a six-year-old firm founded by Arshia Mahmoodi, sheathed the wood frame house in white plaster cement. Except for some walnut closets, doors, and floors, the white palette continues inside with porcelain tile floors and white lacquer cabinetry.

Mahmoodi notes that the house is located near John Lautner’s 1960 Chemosphere and Errol Flynn’s ranch, both of which inspired him in the design, along with David Lynch’s 2001 film “Mulholland Dr.” 


7691 Mulholland Dr.
Hollywood Hills, CA 90046

Completion Date: Nov. 2011

Gross square footage: 5800

Total construction cost: $2.2M          

Owner: Mrs. Naghemeh Khoshnoud

6543 Franklin Ave. #306
Hollywood CA 90028
Phone: 310.786.7876     
Fax: 310.601.7929
Web: www.voi-d.com
Email: mail@voi-d.com

Personnel in architect's firm who should receive special credit:
Principal: Arshia Mahmoodi (NR)

Design Team: Axel Schmitzberger, Chris Lowe, Brittany DePaul, Miguel Gonzales, Spencer Brennan

Structural Engineer: Amir Pirbadian, PE

Civil Engineer: Andy Badalian, PE

Soil Engineer: Larry Parmelee

Surveyor: M&G Engineering

Landscape: Holly Harper

Lighting:  VOID

General contractor: United Construction

Marc Angeles [Unlimited Style Photography] 310.280.6049 www.unlimitedstyle.com/
Imeh Akpanudosen [Life Through the Scope] 951.235.8785 www.lifethroughthescope.com
Arshia Mahmoodi [VOID] 310.951.2986 www.voi-d.com

Renderer(s): Pouya Goudarzi