Home Tours Q&A: Architect Zoltan E. Pali, FAIA
Last Updated: March 3, 2011
9312 Nightingale Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90069, USA
AIA Los Angeles recently touched base with spring 2011 Home Tours architect, Zoltan E. Pali, FAIA, designer of 9312 Nightingale.
In the Q&A he answers questions on his inspiration in designing the home, his feelings towards the project now that it is completed and what he thinks about Los Angeles freeway culture... according to Pali, Angelenos are the same no matter where they live, from high up in the Hollywood Hills to way down in the Valleys! Read on to find out more.
1. How did the environment influence the home's design?
The enviornment was key, the bird streets are a cacophony of fairly noisy architectural styles. We wanted to be clean and quiet, yet be needed, add some presence on the street. We also wanted to be friendly neighbors, not block any views, and stay low to the ground. Finally, we wanted the interior of the property to be embraced by the geometry of the house.
2. How do you see the project once it is completed?
I see the project as a place for exuberant but quiet modernist living. There is a little bit of eclecticism in the interior - which is what gives it the exuberance.
3. Being that the theme for the Homes Tours this Spring is "East and West of the 405," what are your thoughts on the difference between the eastern and western regions of the 405 Freeway?
Our freeways have a huge effect on our city. The environments can be rather different at the extremities. Of course, a home in the Palisades or the beach would require different thinking than a home high up in the Hollywood Hills. Having lived in both the San Fernando Valley and the basin, I somehow do not see a significant difference between people from one side to the other.
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About Studio Pali Fekete Architects [SPF:a]:
Studio Pali Fekete architects [SPF:a] is an architectural studio located in Culver City, California. Their mission is simple: to provide responsible, thoughtful architecture that leaves a lasting positive effect on the community that it serves.
Principals Zoltan Pali and Judit Fekete oversee the process from inception through working drawings, and ultimately construction administration. Awards have included the AIA National Honor Award, the AIA Los Angeles Presidential Award, numerous other regional and local AIA awards, the American Architecture Award, Los Angeles Business Council architecture awards, the Westside Prize, Retail Store of the Year, Architecture Magazine's House of the Year Award, and the Community Enrichment Award from the Southern California Development Forum.
In addition to their portfolio of homes they've renovated projects such as the Pantages Theatre, the Greek Theatre, and are presently involved in the LACMA West renovations. They are also the executive architect for the Getty Villa Renovations in Malibu. Presently they are the architects for the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts and part of the design team for a significant exhibit at the Los Angeles County Natural History Museum.