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Michael Bay's Bel Air Pad is All 'Macho Minimalism'

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Action flick director Michael Bay demolished a well-pedigreed midcentury home in Los Angeles to create a 30,000-square-foot mega-mansion with the "feel of a resort" in the Caribbean, he tells Architectural Digest. The three-story home designed by Chad Oppenheim (but built over four years by Rios Clementi Hale Studios) for the reigning maestro of brainless American blockbusters is comprised of a series of rectangular volumes, with two bedroom suites with glass walls balanced atop the main level.

With its many overhangs and column-free interiors, it's a surprisingly elegant exercise in minimalism. Architectural Digest cannot stop raving about what they call "a tour de force of architectural acrobatics," even comparing it to John Lautner's Sheats-Goldstein residence. The Transformers director is primarily based in Miami, but uses his new pad for parties and work trips. Naturally, it has a 49-seat cinema room and a movie prop museum.

· Inside Director Michael Bay's High-Style Hollywood Home [Architectural Digest]
· All Michael Bay coverage [Curbed National]