When famed architect Richard Landry arrived in Los Angeles more than 30 years ago, he worked out of his apartment and took any job offered. Originally from Quebec, he came to L.A. in 1984, caught up in the excitement of the Summer Olympics and the lure of beautiful weather, and his first break came when he was asked to design a fence for a condo project.
That fence was the start of a journey that would lead Landry to become one of the most sought after high-end residential architects in Southern California.
Though they recently sold it, Landry designed Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen’s 12,500-square-foot French-inspired home in Brentwood.
The 28-bedroom, 32-bath, glass, steel and stone compound situated on a Bel-Air hillside was named the Robb Report’s “Ultimate Home” in 2011. (See The Agency’s Mauricio Umansky discuss the home here.)
Other celebrity clients include Eddie Murphy, Wayne Gretzky, Sugar Ray Leonard, Kenny G, Rod Stewart and Mark Wahlberg, just to name a few.
My newest listing is a Richard Landry design. Prolific TV producer, Jeff Franklin teamed with Landry and interior designer Franco Vecchio to create a masterpiece at 1302 Collingwood Place. This spectacular modern residence recently received the Best in American Living Award for One of a Kind Custom or Spec Home from the National Association of Home Builders.
Every aspect of this home is grand in scale and bold in design creating an elegant, one-of-a-kind refuge. Its over-sized glass front door opens onto an entryway that dramatically overlooks the cavernous great room.
The finishes through out this grand estate are spectacular. Custom colored terrazzo marble floors run throughout adding nurturing warmth to the open, modern spaces. The great room on the lower level features Fleetwood doors that open to outdoor areas with built-in heat lamps and a bathroom with shower, steam and sauna. The other side of the great room flows to a gourmet kitchen wrapped in glass with Caeser stone countertops and Miele stainless steel appliances.
While he may be best known for his jaw-dropping designs and enormous homes for the rich and famous, Landry’s firm has also created relatively modest Spanish-style beach homes, mid-century-inspired houses, and remodels of existing homes. What connects the large scale projects with the more modest ones? According to Mr. Landry, it is the desire to create whatever his client wants in their living space. His overall goal is to make them happy…. to design homes suited to their individual needs and whims. “There are a million things I could do,” he said. “This is about you. Let’s talk about what you need.”