Location: California, USA
Project Year: 2016
Area: 743 m2
Photo: Joe Fletcher
Sitting on top of the ridge amongst the oak forests in Beverly Hills, California, this modern residence created by Walker Workshop in Los Angeles takes full advantage of its scenic location to provide its residents with a panoramic view of the canyon and the environment with its virgin nature.
The untouched environment, which includes more than 130 live protected beaches, was the main driving force behind the designers decision to locate two-thirds of the 740 square meters of living space on the hillside to minimize visual interference of the house in nature. In the underground spaces there are four bedrooms, an office and a gym that extend along the slopes, offering generous views of the canyon and plenty of natural light. Inside there is also a wine cellar and a home theater which goes deep into the mountain. Thus, the architects used the most remote and hard-to-reach light corners as much as possible.
The corner courtyard at the same level brings daylight to the neighboring corridors, and also creates a more intimate setting for the private rooms of the house. Above, the living room and dining room, kitchen and parking place there are single-story pavilions, each of them is slightly turned to frame different views.
The use of structural concrete for most of the house allows for larger consoles that give a feeling of weightlessness and a space without poles that, in combination with floor-to-ceiling glazing, provides a continuous view.
Interiors are designed using a minimalistic and aesthetic palette of natural materials, such as pavilion floor, walnut wood for lower floors and wall panels, as well as marble for the kitchen and bathroom.
A number of grass-paved terraces, which include a grassy garden, are built like a roof over parts of the lower level, and an endless pool that reflects adjoining oaks, reconstructs the excavated hill and harmoniously assimilates the lands into the surrounding landscape.