Behold ‘The One’ – a record-breaking Los Angeles House with 105,000 square feet of living space and, it seems, a nearly $350 million price tag. After almost a decade of design and development work, what is being presented as ‘the world’s most expensive home’ is finally ready for its close-up.
Surrounded on three sides by a channel and a 400-foot-long running track, the estate appears to float above the city. Completed over eight years, architect Paul McClean designed this Los Angeles house, enlisted by owner Nile Niami to make his massive dream come true.
“This project felt sensational and simultaneously intimidating,” says McClean. Nevertheless, the home’s unique location and long-standing relationship with Niami persuaded McClean. He takes on the project but also creates something exceptional and magnificent.
With its 26-foot-high ceilings, the home’s main entrance leads to a collection of gathering areas with panoramic 360-degree views.
The use of black, white, and grey throughout the home was based on Niami’s desire. He wanted to have a neutral palette that would allow the landscape and panoramas to shine.
Getting inspiration from the surrounding environment and history of Los Angeles modernism, McClean has connected the homes’ inside with outside to provide that L.A living.
The designer separated the entertainment spaces from the living areas to allow the home to feel liveable and comfortable. The first area is located at the lower level. This area creates a platform for the rest of the house to sit on and reduces its evident dimension.
Beyond the eye-catching design, this house has 42 bathrooms, 21 bedrooms, a 5,500-square-foot master suite. Also, a 30-car garage, a bowling alley, a spa, a movie theatre, a 10,000-square-foot sky deck, and 5 swimming pools.
Along with Niami, Kathryn Rotondi, founder of KFR Design, worked on the interior design to shape the spaces. Rotondi was drawn to the ‘wow factor’ elements in the hospitality sector for inspiration.
Meanwhile, the home’s color palette, soft textures, and lighting are an ode to the Tom Ford boutique, Niami and McClean’s favorite.
Thanks to a collaboration between Creative Art Partners and Art Angeles, the property features an impressive collection of art. A butterfly installation by Stephen Wilson on the lower level. Moreover, a Niclas Castello custom panel in black and silver in the office.
Due to recently approved city regulations, a house of this magnitude will never again be constructed in Los Angeles. This means ‘The One’ will truly remain one of a kind.
“This project was such a long and educational journey for us all,” McClean notes. “It was approached with excitement and was thrilling to create, but I do not think any of us realized just how much effort and time it would take to complete the project.”
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