Motion Picture & Television Fund


Fran and Ray Stark Assisted Living Villa

Woodland Hills, California

34,000 GSF, 3,158 M2

Architecture, Campus Planning, Interior Architecture, Master Planning, Programming

“The building won the innovation award because it challenged notions about what retirement should be...But what really stands out is the building's design.”

—National Association of Home Builders, Jury Comments


After completing the master plan for the client’s unused acreage on the Wasserman Campus, SmithGroupJJR moved on to designing phase one: the Stark Villa. To best serve as a home for retired TV and film entertainers, this inviting yet dramatic facility was envisioned as a way to capture and repurpose the industrial forms of old Hollywood.

The villa combines a 70-unit assisted-living facility with social, dining and administrative spaces, planned to be easily modified over time to support the aging-in-place concept. Looking beyond the stereotypes of senior housing to reflect a modern, elegant home, the design incorporates transparent walls to create connections between private spaces and the nine gardens outside. Inside, a soft color palette and natural materials are enhanced by ample daylight, and relaxing views.

Reflecting the occupants' relatively energetic, indoor-outdoor lifestyle, the layout includes a rose garden, a kitchen garden, alfresco dining areas, a koi pond, and outdoor exercise pavilions. Graceful in its simplicity, the villa fosters community, social interaction, dignity and independence beneath Hollywood studio-style, barrel-vaulted roofs.

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Recasting the Actor's Studio
The LA Times profiles Stark Villa in an article on design for aging.

Aging Gracefully
Interior Design details the contemporary design of Stark Villa.

Home for Hollywood Vets is the Star
Stark Villa wins top honors as the most innovative seniors-only project of the year.