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MEYER ARCHITECTURE delivers large firm professionalism in an intimate setting: our team of architects, interior designers and specialists is
Address2300 Westwood Blvd Ste 200 Los Angeles, CA 90064-2096
Phone(310) 234-3300
We deliver large firm professionalism in an intimate setting: our team of architects, interior designers and specialists is committed to design excellence and client satisfaction. Founded in 1993 by principals Walter B. Meyer, AIA, and Pamela H. Meyer, ASID, CID, Meyer Architecture offers a balance of strengths in the design, technology and management of corporate, commercial and residential projects.

Paul Williams, Wallace Neff, James E. Dolena, Carlton Burgess, William S. Beckett — our repertoire of historic renovation properties is unmatched. From the 1920s to the 1960s, from luxury estates to warehouse facilities, Meyer Architecture is recognized for its superiority in fine detailing and accurate historical styling.
Contemporary/New Construction
Each project is unique. We resist signature styles and formulas. Taking advantage of fresh ideas, new technologies and singular situations, we arrive at a project’s aesthetic. Whether traditional or modernist, we strive for a quiet refinement and elegance, meticulously orchestrating rhythm, proportion and detail.

The client is key to the Meyer Architecture philosophy. The architect/client relationship is a partnership. Together, we develop your project to reflect your needs, wishes and way of life.
We believe in responsible architecture. Our first responsibility is to your budget, schedule and space needs. Responsibility also entails environmental consciousness, energy efficiency and sensitivity to neighborhood milieu.

Our goal is to create timeless, enduring architecture. Integrating the dynamics of natural light with a project’s site, views and program, we develop a design of seamless continuity that maintains integrity at every level, from the initial concept to the final doorknob.

The architectural process is dynamic, changing with each client and project. At Meyer Architecture, we tailor our teams to your exact needs. Led by a firm principal, once a team is established, it doesn't change.
We begin by getting to know you, your needs, preferences, ways of living and working. Following a thorough analysis of your site, relevant codes and property feasibility, costs are projected, and a work plan is developed. This becomes the template that we monitor constantly, keeping you up-to-date on budget and schedule.

You are consistently in the loop as design development continues. We submit site plans, studies and renderings for your review, working not only with computers, but also with models, hand-drawn perspectives — whichever tools work best, whether modern or traditional. We prepare and submit documents to government agencies on your behalf and supervise the work of engineers, technical consultants and specialists.
Meyer Architecture speaks the language of construction. We begin to consider the mechanics of construction during the design phase and our detailed construction drawings insure an effective building process with fewer questions and costly change orders. We assist in procuring contractors and review all construction contracts and invoicing. During construction, we oversee the progress and quality of work and report to you regularly.
Contractors recommend Meyer Architecture to their clients. And while we work closely with landscape designers, it is not unusual for our firm to design a project entirely in-house—architecture, landscapes and interiors. Coordinating all the elements of your design expedites a prompt and efficient move-in process.

We are on-site until every detail is complete, from moldings to wall finishes, lighting design to appliance installation. We feel gratified as the life of a building begins, when clients delight in their improved surroundings. Beyond our ability to meet aesthetic criteria, functional needs and budgets, the fulfillment of their dreams is why clients return repeatedly to Meyer Architecture.

Walter B. Meyer, AIA
Walter Meyer, AIA, principal architect and co-founder of Meyer Architecture, leads the firm with over thirty years of experience spanning the commercial and residential, modern and historic markets. Walter has dedicated his career to perfecting a noticeably diverse portfolio, reflecting balance in his passion for progressive, modernist design with his innate understanding of classic Los Angeles architecture. The result is a design aesthetic that is timeless, seamless, balanced, and purposeful.
A native Los Angeleno, Walter’s architectural spirit was first sparked while working in construction renovating many of the historic estates in Beverly Hills. This experience infused Walter with a unique understanding of the fine detailing and proportions inherent in traditional design and is evidenced in numerous renovation projects for which Meyer Architecture is responsible such as the original Carlton Burgess estate built in 1937, as well as the original Armand Hammer estate in Westwood. Others include a Wallace Neff residence, originally designed for Joan Bennett, a James Dolena-designed estate and a re-design/master plan of a Paul Williams estate, originally built for Charles Correll of Amos and Andy.
Walter earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Arizona State University’s College of Architecture in 1975, where he became largely influenced by Professor of Design Calvin C. Straub, noted as the “father of California post and beam architecture.” Walter’s study of Straub’s uniquely regional architectural model is evidenced in his design work today.
Upon graduation, Walter worked for three former professors on site-specific desert homes, corporate offices, and office buildings in Scottsdale, all of which were designed to create a transparency between the indoor/outdoor relationship in response to natural landscape, views, and abundance of natural light.
Walter continued to build upon his approach to the natural environment in his design work at the renowned Sea Ranch Development along the Northern California coastline with architect Obie Bowman. The project’s preservation of the natural coastline has been acclaimed by the California Coastal Commission and has been studied by architects worldwide.
Upon his return to Los Angeles in 1979, in pursuit of more complex corporate and institutional projects and intent on fine-tuning his approach as a modernist, Walter went to work for several national and internationally acclaimed architectural firms (Nadel Architects, Rossetti Associates, and NBBJ) as Project Architect, Project Manager, and Lead Designer. His landmark projects included as the Mercedes-Benz North American Headquarters, the Bank of A. Levi headquarters, the Toyota-Calty Research and Design Facility, and the Clark Urological Center at UCLA.
Meyer Architecture was conceived in 1993 based on a collaborative design approach and commitment to excellence and personal client service. MA projects encompass the full spectrum of architectural design, whether modernist or historic, ground-up or renovation, commercial, corporate or residential, and all of which reflect the client’s individual style and specific requirements while bearing Walter’s unique architectural signature.
Considered an expert in his field, Walter held a seat on the West Los Angeles Community Planning Advisory Committee for the Sixth City Council District of the City of Los Angeles and has guest lectured at Woodbury University and at the Pacific Design Center. He was recently appointed as the presiding architect on the Architectural Commission for the City of Beverly Hills and is currently involved in numerous charitable organizations and community service projects. Walter has been a member of the American Institute of Architects since 1981.Pamela H. Meyer, ASID, CID
Principal and co-founder of Meyer Architecture, a full-service architecture and interior design firm, Pamela Meyer brings over twenty years of experience to the firm as a Certified Interior Designer in the state of California and has been a professional member of the American Society of Interior Designers since 1985. Pam received a Professional Designation in Interior Design from the UCLA Interior and Environmental Design Program in 1981 and passed the NCIDQ exam in 1984.
Having majored in psychology as an undergraduate student at UCLA, Pam’s unique approach to interior design is based on her understanding and knowledge of human behavior. Her philosophy and inspiration are drawn from her sensibilities to improve people’s lives and well being through their immediate environment.
Considered an expert in the field of corporate space planning, Pam was responsible for programming and space planning headquarters for clients such as MediCorp, Radnet, Getty Oil Company, Texaco, California Federal Savings and Loan, Wells Fargo, HKM Productions, JMB Properties, Birtcher and WQED West, among others. Pam also designed the Museum of African American Art in Los Angeles in 1984.
In the residential market, Pam has designed numerous interiors for her clients’ luxury homes, getaway properties, estates and historic residences throughout West Los Angeles, Pacific Palisades and Beverly Hills. Long-standing clients include Charlton and Lydia Heston.
Past professional experience includes teaching space planning at Woodbury University and serving as a juror for the National Council for Interior Design Qualification and also as a Select Member on Benjamin Moore’s Design Advisory Council. Pam has been a guest lecturer at California State University at Northridge and at the UCLA Extension Program in Interior Architecture. Pam represented the American Society of Interior Designers at the Gateway Kiwanis in 1994 and was included in the list of “100 Top Women-Owned Businesses in Los Angeles” in the Los Angeles Business Journal in 2002. Pam is currently involved in numerous charitable organizations.
Having served on the board of directors of the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers since 2004, currently, Pam is serving as the 2005 - 2006 Communications Director. As an ASID board member, Pam was invited to attend the group’s National Leadership Conferences in Vancouver, BC in 1995 and in Washington, D.C. in 2006. In addition, she is the chair of the Environmental Affairs Committee, where she leads the organization’s events and education programs in sustainable design. In 2005, Pam received a Presidential Citation for her service to the ASID, Los Angeles Chapter.

Alexander is an Associate at Meyer Architecture and fulfills the responsibilities as Senior Designer and Project Architect for major projects for the firm. He develops and controls every stage and detail of the architectural process and leads the architectural and consultant team. He obtained his Master’s Degree in Architecture at the Higher Institute of Architecture and Civil Engineering, in Sofia, Bulgaria. Alexander’s practice as an accomplished professional in Europe includes: design of banks, office buildings, multi-residential development, urban planning, and sport facilities. In the United States, his practice is primarily focused on high-end residential projects.

A native Californian, Scott Steele studied custom residential and commercial architecture under noted architect A. Quincy Jones at University of Southern California. As a senior member of the architectural staff, Scott brings expertise to many phases of a project, including graphic documentation, building code research, scale model creation, design development and detailing, construction drawings, public agency permit processing and construction support. Scott has completed many projects throughout the western states, including residences, offices, corporate headquarters, retail stores, regional commercial centers and healthcare facilities.

Don is a five-year architectural graduate from Syracuse University and has been licensed in the state of California since 1990. After his graduation, Don worked in the design department for the Rochester City School District. As Project Architect at Meyer Architecture, Don brings over 20 years of professional design experience in residential, institutional and commercial projects in both New York and California. Don has specialized in entertainment and media projects for clients such as Miramax, Warner Brothers and Twentieth Century Fox. Don is also involved in volunteer and advocacy work in his downtown Los Angeles neighborhood and serves on the advisory board for Lafayette City Park.

Lilian Hun is an award-winning designer and licensed architect in her native Brazil since 1995. As Project Manger for Meyer Architecture, Lilian brings over 10 years of professional design experience across a variety of markets as well as a hugely successful background in the International Urban Project Competition world, including multiple 1st Prize designations. Lilian has managed both public and private institutional, educational, and urban housing projects, as well as sports facilities and museums in the United States and abroad. Lilian comes to us from Pepperdine University where she served as a Project Coordinator for the University Construction and Campus Planning Department.

As Marketing Coordinator, Andrea Snoyman comes to Meyer Architecture after working in various aspects of the arts and design world. She holds magna cum laude honors and a Bachelor of Art degree from UCLA in Sociology and Political Science. Andrea’s responsibilities with the firm include writing and designing collateral materials, expanding business opportunities for the firm’s high-end residential and commercial restoration work, and promoting a progressive, well-run office. Andrea is passionate about traveling the world and recently returned from trekking through Australia and New Zealand.

Meyer Architecture’s commercial portfolio encompasses entertainment, recording industry, corporate, financial, retail and industrial clientele. Projects range from creative office interiors, warehouse renovations and new building construction to custom-designed tenant improvements, executive headquarters, and film studio complexes. Our interior design services include custom furniture and millwork design, systems furniture planning, lighting design, facilities programming and space analysis.

Culver City, California
A full-service, high-end private label men’s clothing store complete with hair salon and tailor, Alandales is the first high-end retailer to utilize tax incentives to relocate in Culver City. Working with tight budget constraints, Meyer Architecture totally renovated the space, generating a stylish, high fashion yet comfortable environment.
A polished industrial aesthetic of exposed beams and a pattern of skylights, lighting, and mechanical ducts, give the space a layered sense of balance. Islands of cabinetry are used to present the sophisticated merchandise. Retaining the entire sales floor for display, the tailoring facility is accommodated in a newly added 500 s.f. Mezzanine. A combination of fluorescent and halogen light fixtures supply color correct lighting and accents. The owner Glenn Laiken lauds the design as being “intelligent architecture”. The store successfully expresses the culture and character of Alandale’s image.
Asylum Visual Effects

Santa Monica, California
Asylum, was a start-up company, providing post-production visual effects for feature films, music videos and television commercials. The client wanted to convey an aura of permanence and create a “state of the art” facility. An added challenge was accommodating the company’s rapid growth throughout the design and construction process, including the addition of an acoustically engineered screening room.
Meyer Architecture utilized a strong geometric plan and minimalist, International Style design to create sophisticated modern spaces. The materials palette contrasts floating white drywall panels suspended below poured in place concrete ceilings, white walls, natural maple floors and dramatic lighting. Accessed by entries from two sides, the T-shaped floor plan is focused on an elegant, circular reception area. Natural light permeates the circulation areas as focal points and comfortable lounge seating is clustered by windows for informal meetings and dining.
Where as technology often dominates the aesthetics in this equipment driven industry, Meyer Architecture adhered to a clean and sophisticated look by developing a plan to distribute the massive amount of wiring from the Machine Room to the CGI and Inferno Bays through a perimeter system of operable maple cabinetry. This system allows for wiring and fiber-optics upgrades without the limitations of pulling cable through conduits. The result is a flexible infrastructure to accommodate technological changes in the industry sheathed in an ultra-clean design.

Cosmo Street is a post-production editing facility specializing in television commercials. Meyer Architecture’s design transformed the bow-truss warehouse volume into a stylish workspace. The project includes four edit bays, a graphics bay, administrative offices, conference area, tape vault and kitchen along an internal street-like corridor which culminates in a large recreation area, complete with pool tables, lounge seating and a half court basketball area. The use of vertically cantilevered walls topped by glass, clerestory windows, glass ceilings, and translucent panels, creates a sense of transparency throughout, with every space offering dynamic perspectives of the exposed bow-truss ceilings. Each Edit Bay has it’s own unique aesthetic identity. The design palette exploits the natural textures of the building materials – polished concrete, sandblasted brick and vertical grain Douglas Fir – while functional elements such as lighting and hardware are organized for visual patterning.
In its analysis of the editor/client working process, Meyer Architecture conceived an original arrangement. Instead of seating clients in the traditional orientation, on a platform behind the editor, Cosmo Street bays promote interaction by situating the editor’s work station face-to-face with the client, in a Living Room type setting. Ceilings range in height from 12 to 20 feet with natural light admitted from two directions, giving the bays a feeling of expansiveness. As a Foote Cone & Belding client exclaimed, “These are the best edit bays we have ever worked in!”
Fashion Design Facility

Los Angeles, California
Presented with the former Smart and Final distribution facility, consisting of one city block, Meyer Architecture was asked to create an engaging, comfortable, cutting-edge environment for a large international clothing manufacturer specializing in T-shirts, jackets, caps, and apparel for the entertainment industry. Extensive analysis generated flow diagrams and space plans to accommodate all aspects of the business, from production and operations to sales, design and service areas. In a highly competitive industry, the client wanted a cutting edge design environment that would attract a higher-level clientele, as well as the most talented designers.
Drawing on their history of exposing building systems, Meyer Architecture brought visual order to the design, coordinating floor plans and furniture placement with the patterns of the structural beams, HVAC ducts, and other building systems. A palette of warm earth tones was selected for walls and furnishings, accentuating the colors of the artwork and merchandise. The design team was moved to an exterior windowed wall for an improved working environment with a custom designed research library nearby. From the highly polished reception area, a promenade of product display vignettes leads customers to the sales and Executive Offices. Meyer Architecture selected the furniture and finishes and the upholstered pieces were custom designed and fabricated.
HKM Productions, Inc.

HKM is a bicoastal award-winning television commercial production company. The project consisted of the renovation of an historic Streamline Moderne structure built in 1937 for the Southern California Gas Company. Because the first priority was to get HKM into the building quickly, the three-level conversion was implemented in phases.
The two story high first floor accommodates the reception area, production bays, conference room, accounting department and directors’ offices. A mezzanine level, expanded during the renovation, supplies executive offices and a strategic planning conference room. The garage was converted for edit bays, and the basement houses four casting stages and a staff lounge.
Taking stylistic cues from the building itself, Meyer Architecture supplied bright, clean open spaces suitable to creative collaboration. The design features a skylight exposing structural steel members, steel and obscure glass windows, pyramid shaped rooms within the main two story space and clerestory windows. Production Bays are located around an open communal core and allow for multiple productions to occur at the same time. Polished concrete floors, wide industrial-style doors reflect the building’s origins, and comfortable contemporary furniture adds color. A color study was provided based on vintage colors from the streamlined moderne era.
HUM Music and Sound Design

HUM supplies distinctive music and sound design to hundreds of major television advertisers. This warehouse renovation meets numerous challenges, including the need for an acoustically isolated environment in a noisy urban setting; linkage between entrances at opposite ends of the building; and a balance between technical studios and office functions. The client desired a workplace that offered acoustical high-performance and sophisticated design.
Meyer Architecture’s design creatively utilizes a variety of building materials. The mixed use of split face and honed concrete blocks along the internal corridor emulate the bars of a musical staff. Ducts, beams and brick walls are exposed and wood surfaces sand blasted for a raw, sculptural effect. The two entries are linked by a series of skylights, providing natural light and way-finding that directs visitors to the reception area. The client lounge, lit by a dramatic cluster of four skylights, creates a focal destination for a relaxing counterpoint to the internal functions of the studios.
Technical considerations were key to the design for state-of-the-art studios and isolation booths. An Acoustically engineered rooms-within-a-room construction cocoons and isolates the studios acoustically. A hanging system of movable acoustic blankets were originated, designed and fabricated by Meyer Architecture making the recording studio infinitely tunable. Ergonomically designed consoles are tailored to conceal the usual abundance of wires. Custom furniture was designed and fabricated for casual comfort and heavy use.
HUM Music and Sound design was formally recognized by Mix Magazine as one of the best studios of 1999 and was the featured studio on the Cover of the magazine.

The Ant Farm is a leading Hollywood feature film trailer house. The architectural program called for a dynamic, creative and stimulating environment expressive of the firm’s innovative philosophy and culture. The program specified 20 editing bays, a dubbing room, graphics department, executive offices, a large open lounge/dining area for staff gatherings and informal meetings, full kitchen, conference room and custom furniture.
Meyer Architecture designed an exciting, kinetic environment that celebrates the flying geometric beams and angled walls. The predominantly two-story ceiling heights create soaring volumes, accented by a variety of large, intersecting beams, cut-out shapes, cantilevered walls and stairs leading to a mezzanine meeting room. Curves are reinforced in floor treatments, furnishings and niches. The palette uses greens, yellows and reds to punctuate the design. To accommodate the creative process, the “mosh pit” was conceived to allow editors and producers space to collaborate in an open environment rather than in a standard, enclosed editing bay.
Meyer Architecture custom designed and fabricated the upholstery furniture as well as the conference table, millwork for the reception desks and workstations.

Meyer Architecture’s residential portfolio includes ground-up and renovation projects for both private clients and luxury home developers. Our emphasis is on “site specific” design, integrating architecture, site planning, landscape, and interior design. Expert in both contemporary and traditional styles, Meyer Architecture is recognized for its superiority in refined detailing and accurate historical styling. We take no shortcuts in our pursuit of quality, creating seamless designs of impeccable authenticity. We encourage the integration of sustainable, environmentally sensitive materials. In our contemporary work, we strive for a quiet refinement and elegance, orchestrating rhythm, proportion, and detail for an enduring harmony, dynamic serenity, and transparency between the interiors and exteriors.
Armand Hammer Residence

Holmby Hills, California
Originally built in 1936, by W.F. Ruck, the renovation has an impressive history and façade, but many period drawbacks, including dark corridors, undersized baths, kitchen and closets, and, in general, the residence turned its back on the rear yard. By reorganizing the floor plan, the first floor is oriented to the rear with the walls opened up by introducing large windows, thus integrating the gardens with the interiors. Meyer Architecture brought in natural light, and proportion to the property by adding a new two-story wing. Open, bright, and seamless in detail, the new design couples contemporary comfort with the best of the past.
The new layout balances formal and private areas in a combination of open-plan spaces and generous bedrooms. Living areas lit by new windows, and an oval skylight over the central stair, convert the second-story closed hallway into a welcoming destination as an open room for casual family gathering. Set at ninety degrees to the original structure, the new wing frames a courtyard, integrating the landscape with the design. Impeccable traditional detailing sustains precedents set in the original home, throughout.

This new residence addresses the poor siting and congested interiors of the original home. Situated on a long, narrow property, the house had been located to face neighboring buildings, casting the pool in shade. By flipping the L-shaped plan, Meyer Architecture created a spacious feeling, opening the home to the elaborate English gardens and bringing southern sunlight, breezes, and views into the primary family areas.
Porches and decks off the family, dining, and breakfast rooms provide for easy indoor/outdoor living. By deleting small, outdated closets and dark corridors, the generous layout of the second floor centers on the sumptuous master suite, which maximizes views from three directions. All bedrooms overlook treetops of the lush rolling Brentwood hills.

This construction of this residence is intended to maximize the site located across from the Brentwood Country Club golf course. To take advantage of the views and to distinguish the house from its neighbors, the indigenous California Monterey style was selected. The traditional, upper-story “widow’s walk,” or roofed-balcony, offers serene views of the lush fairways. Historic research guided the authentic exterior detailing, while transparency directs the design of the interiors. A central hall and skylight stairwell pull light into the core, and a family-friendly open plan makes for easy circulation and a greater sense of volume. The kitchen, breakfast room, family room, and library all orient to the private rear yard and bright western exposures, as does the vaulted master bedroom. The extensive use of French doors, appropriate for this style, promotes easy access to the outdoors and a sense of verticality from every room in the home.

Bel Air, California
This design for a hilltop villa employs classic Renaissance principles of elegance, stature, and power. Like an Italian piazza, the plan is organized around a motor court and fountain to the north side of the property, which preserves views to the south. The elegant, ceremonial staircase, designed to reflect the grandeur of the residence, is the focal point at the end of an elongated art gallery, which serves as the visual focal point entry foyer. The gallery provides access to all the formal entertainment rooms, which, in turn, open to formal, fountained terraces overlooking a magnificent panoramic view from Catalina Island and Palos Verdes to downtown Los Angeles. The basement accommodates support services, including a 12-car garage, commercial-scale laundry, wine cellar, and long-term storage. The family wing opens onto an expanse of formal gardens and an infinity pool, with a tennis court and clubhouse set into the hillside below.
Heston Photography Studio / Gallery

Beverly Hills, California
With the completion of the photography studio, Meyer Architecture celebrated a 15-year relationship with Charlton and Lydia Heston, representing a series of improvements to renovate their 1958 Modernist estate. Originally designed by William S. Beckett and constructed on the tip of a ridge top, the new design maximizes the dramatic topography of the site with steep drop-offs to canyons on three sides and acts as a linchpin, tying together a series of outbuildings and the original Beckett house and grounds.
With more than fifty years’ work as a professional photographer, Lydia Clarke Heston had outgrown her basement-level studio. Meyer Architecture responded with a tri-level, cantilevered design that provides for an airy, two-story volume for printing and production, a gallery and reading loft at the top level, as well as spaces for framing, repairs, and shipping at the basement level. Fifteen-foot windows are set into a curved façade, framing panoramic canyon views while an elegant stair integrates the design and furnishes additional display space. Cork floors and walnut detailing tie studio interiors to the original house with color-corrected, museum-quality highlighting the photographs.

Located at the end of a heavily wooded private street, this irregular property is dominated by a massive hundred year-old oak tree. Responding to the property lines, the angled plan of the home folds around the stately tree, with one wing devoted to public functions and the other to family activities. The glass entryway and stair tower bring the outdoors inside and connect the front garden and play areas to a descending grove of trees in the back. Taking inspiration from classic Greene & Greene houses, the design beautifully adapts Craftsman rusticity to a contemporary lifestyle. Sweeping porches and covered balconies admit light and frame views. The Japanese-influenced peak roof allows for generous ceiling heights appropriate for large-scale rooms. Authentic historical details such as hand-shaped timbers and corbels, and the extensive use of mortise and tenon connections, evoke warm domesticity.

Huntington Palisades, California
Located at the edge of a canyon above Santa Monica Bay, this project is designed over two shallow lots with the rear, south-facing side viewing Santa Monica Bay, while the northern views are of the Pacific Ocean toward Malibu. A graceful, horizontal design in traditional Spanish motif gives the house an elegant street presence with the entry accentuated by a separately articulated two-story volume.
An extensive entry gallery organizes the ground floor of the residence by connecting the entry foyer, private office and patio, living room, dining room, and family wing. Transitions through various spaces are accentuated by gracious vestibules.
Views along the ground level are accentuated by fountained, private patios and gardens. The second floor indoor/outdoor relationship is greatly enhanced by an arcade of arched windows and multiple outdoor decks, creating expansive outdoor rooms from which to enjoy the stunning landscapes.

Designed for a steeply sloped corner lot with a twenty-foot drop in elevation, this project is creatively adapted to its wooded, hillside setting. The plan pivots on a two-story foyer framed by the second story gallery above, thus separating the formal and family wings. Designed to accommodate the entertainment needs of a high-level business executive, the layout provides a large-scale living room with music area, library and dining room on the main floor for formal entertaining. The ground floor below includes a wine cellar, tasting room, billiard room, and screening room all opening onto a covered porch and cascading gardens. The family zone, including an octagonal rotunda breakfast room, orients to the southwest private corner of the property, which contains the swimming pool and play yard. The upper level consists of the master suite with sitting room, fireplaces, outdoor decks, and three bedrooms, all enjoying panoramic views of the forested Brentwood Hills.
The house is designed with open, interlocking volumes to maintain a residential scale and address the specific topography of the site.

This project utilizes an undulating plan, responding to a site on the edge of the Brentwood Hills with sweeping views overlooking Westwood, Brentwood, and Santa Monica.
Meyer Architecture sited the residence against the diagonal base of the hillside utilizing a saw tooth plan to create private garden courtyards at the rear of the residence. With the discreet use of landscaped retaining walls, the buildable area of the site was doubled, allowing for an expansive front yard, which serves as the point of arrival and main outdoor entertainment area. This includes the swimming pool, pool house, barbeque area, and outdoor fireplace and seating area. French doors, which adorn all of the ground floor rooms, orient to the lush leisure area while unifying the interior spaces with those of the out doors.
A dramatic two-story central stair gallery, illuminated by arched windows above, generates the plan for both upper and lower floors. Public spaces are oriented to the south and city views and family areas toward intimate courtyards to the north. The interior aesthetic maximizes sculptural effect, with light playing off a variety of spatial volumes and detailing, including deep-set plaster windows, archways and carved fireplaces. A hierarchy of ceiling designs – from hand-hewn beams to coffers, and barrel vaulting, among others – distinguishes interiors while accentuating the home’s Spanish origins.
Copa de Oro Residence

This ground-up residence was designed on a lush 2.5-acre sloping site spanning between two streets in lower Bel Air. The 12,800 s.f. home represented a French Colonial style and included a 12-car motor court with formal, labyrinth-like gardens. The slope of the site descended from the front at Copa de Oro down approximately 20 feet to the rear at Revuelta Way, thus allowing multiple levels in the site design. The project included a 2,500 s.f. pool and guesthouse accessed from the upper gardens with a caretaker’s house accessed from the lower gardens on Revuelta Way at the rear. The tennis court was designed to also serve as a tentable area for fundraising events. Adjacent and overlooking the tennis court was an entertainment facility, including a kitchen, wine cellar, and dining and entertainment area. This adjacent structure was built into the hillside and incorporated a sod roof thus expanding the upper level formal gardens and providing an overview of the tennis court.

This traditional colonial Spanish-style residence is sited on a shallow and wide lot at the base of a hillside. In response to the site, the residence presents an elongated and dignified presence with formal steps and fountains marking the entry.
All the stylistic elements of the building, including expensive trellised patios, corbelled balconies, iron work, and lush landscape were carefully selected, proportioned, and integrated to support the Romantic nature of a Spanish hacienda nestled into its environment.

Walter Meyer, AIA, and Meyer Architecture have been noted for their renovation and historic preservation of the original Armand Hammer residence located in “Little Holmby” in publications Bel-Air View, Beverly Hills 90210, Brentwood News, Malibu Beach, Other Westside, Palisades 90272, and Santa Monica Sun. The property, honored as “Home of the Month,” and originally built by noted architect W.F. Ruck in 1936, was selected for its rich history while Meyer Architecture has been commended for its careful preservation of the estate’s original design and character.

Walter Meyer, AIA, principal and co-founder of Meyer Architecture, has been selected to serve as the sole architect of the seven-member Beverly Hills Architectural Commission, which is appointed by the City Council to make decisions regarding the aesthetics of development in all commercial and multi-family residential projects in the City. Walter will serve as an advisory commissioner to the City Council regarding the preservation of historic and cultural landmarks in the City, encroachments in commercial-adjacent public rights-of-way, and on City building projects. Walter will bring to the Commission his 30 years experience as an architect as well as his years of service as a former Planning Commissioner on the Community Action Planning Commission of the Los Angeles Third Council District from 2000 to 2002.
Meyer Architecture will bring to the table its extensive commercial design experience as the firm begins the site design of a Culver City industrial complex for Spartan Supply Company. The proposed development will include 7,500 s.f. of Executive Office / Showroom Space and a 10,000 s.f. Storage Facility set on 2-acres. The project is slated for completion in 2007.
Due to her extensive experience in corporate space planning and interior design, Pamela H. Meyer, ASID, CID, principal and co-founder of Meyer Architecture, has been invited to sit on Benjamin Moore’s Commercial Design Advisory Council of North America for 2006, which is comprised of only 10 design leaders across the US and Canada who represent diversity in the region’s commercial interior design industry. Commended by the selection committee for her “designs aimed at the improvement of lives through their environment,” Pamela will be involved in forecasting color trends for Benjamin Moore as well as in strategic planning for the company’s education and design programming throughout the year. Benjamin Moore’s first strategic planning meeting will take place this summer in New York City.
Meyer Architecture has completed the renovation and expansion of an historic Neo-Georgian Estate in Beverly Hills. The 14,500 s.f. residence, which was taken down to its studs, bespeaks quiet refinement and includes formal gardens and outbuildings, each detail of which contributes to the property’s overall elegance.
Meyer Architecture has opened up the interior spaces, admitting an abundance of natural light and increasing the square footage by over 4,000, an addition so seamless it is virtually impossible to distinguish new construction from old. To insure accurate historic styling, Meyer Architecture book-matched marble in Italy to specifications captured in digital photos of the original slabs. Utilizing molds made of original period hardware, new pieces were replicated and then nickel-plated for an elegant effect. Intricate moldings, detailed ceilings, and ornamental wall elements shape spaces with a subtlety and grace that epitomizes Meyer Architecture’s historic renovation work.
In the expansive gardens, mature Sycamore trees and lush hedges were chosen to ensure privacy and compliment the architecture.
Working cross-country and with high-pressured turnaround, Meyer Architecture has completed a 5,000 s.f. corporate office in a New Jersey Office Park. Meyer Architecture’s services, included programming, space planning, furniture, and equipment, budgets and selection, workstation layouts, color and finish materials palettes, and the selection, purchasing, framing, and installation of 45 pieces of original artwork.
Meyer Architecture has recently renovated and restored a mid-century modern two-story garden office building in West Los Angeles for its own architecture and interior design firm and have coined it a “Creative Arts Building.” Meyer Architecture’s vision was to develop a creative environment that would inspire a variety of design firms and also nourish a sense of community. The building was taken down to its studs and re-built to accommodate the demands of 21st century technology, including security systems, DSL, data ports, and telephone lines, all of which were integrated out of sight while protecting the visual integrity of the building. The modern post and beam architecture has been left exposed and is celebrated with reveals and lease configurations that do not violate any of the structural beam locations. Japanese-influenced landscaping, with a wall of bamboo and Mayten trees lifted by crane into the inner courtyard, inspires the building’s creative community daily. Even the parkway at street level has been newly landscaped and includes ambient night lighting.
Meyer Architecture is in the process of completing its design for a 10,500 s.f. corporate office complex in Beverly Hills. The renovation plans to unify a group of five industrial masonry structures built in disparate architectural styles in the 1930’s and 40’s. To screen out traffic on an adjacent street, the design sets the complex atop a landscaped platform lined with fountains and a row of Palo Verde trees. Stripped of ornamentation and integrated with a quiet palette, the once chaotic façade now reveals simple, rectangular forms reminiscent of Irving Gill.
Each of the original buildings with its unique aspects has been integrated to meet the client’s specifications, including a domed private gym with regulation-sized boxing ring, a bow-truss executive office suite with arched 17-foot ceilings, and a private dining room with gourmet kitchen. Natural light brings drama into the interior through a glass encased entry with saw-tooth clerestory glazing, clustered skylights, glass walls, and a range of glazing materials, including milk white laminated and ribbed period glass to create a variety of natural lighting conditions.
This project is slated for completion in August 2006.
Meyer Architecture has completed its extensive renovation of a Malibu Beach House, including not only interior and exterior architecture but also a total landscape redesign. Set on a spectacular Malibu bluff, the 6,500 s.f. home was fractured by arbitrary, angular built-in elements. Meyer Architecture’s design is serene, balanced, and purposeful, introducing order and integration with the new dramatic landscaping. By eliminating a number of superfluous interior walls, Meyer opened up the space, creating 270-degree views in the main living and dining areas, resulting in a sense of transparency throughout.
Outside, the color palette has been substantially lightened and heavy metal surface elements removed. The swimming pool has been nestled into a curved wall at the rear, with its dramatic shape and waterfall the focus of a new entertainment area. The shape resembles the contour of the bay and the waterfalls a metaphor of the ocean’s arched waves. Trees are strategically sited with Olives flanking the front door, a large Brazilian Pepper centers the entry plaza, and specimen Corals providing bright accents to key transitions.
Meyer Architecture’s signature design for HUM Music and Sound Design’s recording studios was featured on the cover of Mix Magazine. Meyer Architecture, which has a strong reputation for clean interiors and architectural projects that always accommodate cutting-edge technology for its entertainment clients, has been applauded by Mix editors for its innovative, yet raw design, which retains and exposes most of the building's existing materials. The firm’s chosen palettes include polished concrete floors, a mix of textured and smooth honed concrete block walls, exposed wood ceilings and HVAC system, and acoustic paneled walls.
HUM’s new state of the art facility will house two recording studios, one of which can accommodate approximately fifteen musicians with an adjacent isolated vocal booth and piano booth, as well as production offices, a client lounge, and technical support facilities.


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