The Hollywood Sign has become an iconic symbol, not just representing the entertainment industry at large, but also unofficially as Los Angeles and Hollywood Hills’ architectural landmark. Built into the hillside by Thomas Fisk Goff in 1923 for a measly $23K, it’s transcended beyond an annoying tourist attraction, eventually even prompting Hugh Hefner, Andy Williams, Alice Cooper and other celebrities to save it from completely falling apart in the ‘70s.

Even though the sign has since been engulfed by a slew of sleek, modern mansions, there’s still one empty lot left right beneath the sign that beckons a home to be worthy enough of the coveted location.

In an effort to envision the future of the storied address, a collaboration between arch out loud and The Last House on Mulholland Drive put on an architecture competition that called for designers and architecture firms to design “a home of the future” on this very plot beneath the sign. Emphasizing innovative technology and environmental strategies, the finalists’ submitted projects are truly amazing.

To put how desirable this plot of land is into context, its unique proximity to both the sign and Griffith Park makes it one of the most visible locations in the world. The winner was an insane looking spheroid-like residence, appropriately titled “Ambivalent House” by Hirsuta. Yes, hidden mechanical systems would rotate its exterior so people would never see the home the same way twice. Could a rotating sphere be the future of home design? Maybe.

Even though the homes featured in the “Iconic Home Beneath the Sign” competition are imaginative suggestions, you can’t help but hope they someday became real.


A2.0 Studio di Architettura

A2.0 Studio di Architettura

Special Mention Owner’s Choice: ECLIPSE
Participants: Luca Pozzi, Daniele Marchetti, Gabriele Filippi, Franco Santucci
Office: A2.0 Studio di Architettura
Location: Rome, Italy


Yohannes Baynes, Nori Hanoka

Yohannes Baynes, Nori Hanoka

3rd Place: THE LAST HOUSE
Participants: Yohannes Baynes, Nori Hanoka
Office: YBDD, NHD
Location: Los Angeles, California


FGO/Arquitectura

FGO/Arquitectura

2nd Place: HOLLYWOOD HILL
Participants: Luis Fernando Garcia Ojeda
Office: FGO/Arquitectura
Location: Merida, Yucatan, Mexico


Hirsuta

Hirsuta

1st Place: AMBIVALENT HOUSE
Participants: Jason Payne, Michael Zimmerman, Joseph Giampeto, Ryosuke Imaeda
Office: Hirsuta
Location: Los Angeles, California