The McMansion is Dead, Long Live the McMansion!

Year: 2017
Project Team: Jonathan Rieke, Benzi Rodman

The “Last House on Mullhullond” may very well be the Last McMansion in the Hollywood Hills. As legislative efforts have already curbed this much reviled building typology in Beverly Hills, McMansions continue to be a source of derision for anyone trying to adhere to a pictographic guide of “architecturally pure residential styles,” for whatever that is worth. We are arguing that before we can generate a house for the future we should reconsider a house we are about to lose. As a vehicle for vernacular eclecticism, multifamily living and passive environmental strategies, this proposal seeks a newfound union between the spanish colonial mission house and the lost letters of the Hollywood(land) sign.