Located directly uphill from the iconic music venues of the Sunset Strip, LOHA updated a 1939 Hollywood home by opening up the internal layout to a new series of layered indoor-outdoor spaces enclosed by a translucent screen. LOHA created a dynamic home by hybridizing the existing structure with new interventions.
Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects
Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects [LOHA] engages the ever-changing complexities of the urban landscape, embracing architecture’s role as a catalyst for change. With a conscious understanding that architecture operates within a layered context of political, developmental, environmental, and social structures, LOHA seeks to elevate the human condition via the built environment.
Our design methodology, Amplified Urbanism is informed by the desire to create fluid interaction between public and private spaces, emphasize social and civic connections, and harness existing infrastructural and ecological patterns to cultivate vibrant communities.
Driven by ruthless optimism and creative pragmatism, we believe that bold, enlightened design elevates the soul and enriches communities. We craft distinctive, sustainable, elegantly-resolved designs that not only meet the needs of our clients, but also respond to broader civic and social ambitions.
Based out of our studios in Los Angeles and Detroit, LOHA has built over 85 projects across three continents. We deliver diverse work ranging from art galleries, bus shelters, and large-scale neighborhood plans, to large mixed-use developments and university residential complexes. We have been published in over 20 countries and recognized with over 100 awards.
Situated on one of the last undeveloped oceanfront lots along the iconic Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, House Noir not only breaks the conventional beach house mold, but it creatively addresses the complexity of building next to the water, especially in the face of climate change—the fundamental design challenge of our time.