PrizeFinalists in Build (architecture)
CompanyArshia Architects
ArtistArshia Mahmoodi
Design Team• Arshia Mahmoodi (Design Principal) • Xinlei Li (Project Manager, Project Designer) • Yuheng Huang (Project Designer) • Fang Cui (Project Designer) • Ruby Wu (Project Designer) • Zhishan Liu (Project Designer)
ClientMike Parsee
CreditYuheng Huang
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Perched on a hilltop in the Bel Air neighborhood of Los Angeles, the project gently lands a dynamic building on top of a buried podium that replicates the original natural topography. The design utilizes an unconventional split-level configuration to follow this topography with staggered floor plates over a central void space. The project was informed by automotive performance design with concealed technologies that amplify the sensory performance of the architecture.

Arshia Architects is a collective of designers dedicated to optimizing experiences between sentient and non-sentient domains, whose aim is to decipher our relationship with the world and its components at large and the implications our built environment has on its trajectory into the future. Our practice has been awarded by nationally and internationally recognized citations such as the American Institute of Architects and featured in prestigious venues such as the Museum of Contemporary Art.