2022 RDAA | Renovation | Oakdell Residence | Assemblage+

When this midcentury project in Studio City came to Assembledge+, it was largely untouched by time. The sawtooth plan engaged fairly well with the commodious site, given the standards and opportunities of its period, but David Thompson’s clients knew it could do more. And the home was in dire need of a big overhaul to its interiors and its energy performance.

“Part of the beauty of Southern California is we can open these houses 365 days of the year,” says David. “This house is in the heart of Los Angeles. To have this much property in a dense urban environment is an opportunity for an incredible sanctuary.” 

To mine that gold, the team set about connecting the front yard, side yards, and backyard to a new, sharpened sawtooth plan with large windows walls that open to the landscape. The house steps down the moderate slope in back, allowing a tiered outdoor living area and an expanded primary bedroom with an office tucked underneath. “Our goal was to blur the boundaries between all the yards and extend the living experience to all parts of the site,” David explains. 

“There are a lot of beautiful moments here,” said one judge. “Overall, it’s a well-executed project, especially as it ties together with those fabulous outdoor spaces. It’s a significant transformation.”



Oakdell Residence

Los Angeles

Project Credits

Architect: David Thompson, principal in charge; Gregory Marin, Assembledge+,
Los Angeles

Builder: Eric Dobkin, Dobkin Construction, Los Angeles

Interior Designer: Lisa Strong Design, Los Angeles; Susan Mitnick Design Studio, Los Angeles

Landscape Architect: Michael Fiore, Fiore Landscape Design, Los Angeles

Structural Engineer: Chris Peck, Peck, Pasadena, California

Project Size: 5,755 square feet

Site Size: 0.62 acre

Construction Cost: Withheld

Photography: Lisa Romerein

Key Products

Cooktop: Wolf

Counters: Caesarstone

Drywall: USG

Faucets: Dornbracht

Paints: Benjamin Moore

Refrigerator/Freezer: Sub-Zero

Toilets: Duravit, TOTO

Windows/Window Wall Systems: Fleetwood