British actor Jason Statham bought this midcentury butterfly roof home in an enviable location just above Sunset Boulevard, one of the most iconic places in Los Angeles. While the name Jason Statham might evoke scenes from action movies, such as the Fast & Furious franchise and The Expendables, his home couldn’t be more different from this imagery.
The home, originally designed by 1965 by David Hyun, was re-interpreted by Standard Architecture, who worked extensively to update the aging home. Every part of the home was carefully evaluated in order to keep everything that could be kept, while removing that which couldn’t. The 3,000 square foot home won the 2021 AIA Residential Architecture Award.
The geometries of the home were kept intact, most noticeably visible in the rooflines and pool deck. These were then lovingly altered with new openings, landscape, warm finishings and custom built in furniture.
The structure of the building was corrected throughout the design process. Material transitions help to create a symbiotic relationship, with sloping roofs, ceilings at various heights, wall surfaces, natural daylight, and views to the exterior.
The home was updated with concrete slabs span from the inside to the outside. New cedar sliding with white edges was added to the rooflines. White lacquered cabinets were added to the kitchen. The living areas and swimming pool areas are accented with charcoal basalt counters and copings. The master bathroom features gray precast concrete slabs and a custom concrete bathtub. Clerestory windows are are set underneath the deep overhangs of the roofline.
It’s a true modernist sanctuary for a Hollywood actor – and a stark contrast to the tough and gritty characters Statham usually portrays.
Photos by Shade Degges Photography