Published January 30th, 2019
Former employee of Richard Neutra, Maxwell Starkman designed a studio for his own practice in 1958. Now, 1100 Architect has converted the mid-century structure into a contemporary office for a design and media brand.
Starkman was a Canadian architect living in LA, who before setting up his own practice had worked with Richard Neutra – an influence that can be seen in the flat roofs and streamlined steel-framed design of this building, which 1100 Architect has preserved and celebrated. An Angelino may be familiar with Starkman’s Zenith Tower on Wilshire, a 16-storey office tower atop a five-storey building, clad with once bronze metal panels, now painted white renewing attention to the modernist design. Meanwhile, an Angelino may be equally unfamiliar with his weighty, yet unremarkable, Museum of Tolerance on Pico.