Architecture reveals its beauty through airy space, but it reveals its intelligence through density.We approach urban environments with both of these notions in mind. Looking for the beautiful solution in these rigid and often inhuman landscapes, and finding ways to take finite spaces and maximize usability, occupancy and access elegantly.
Our City Projects
- 29 West > Commercial
- Bel-Air House > Single Family Residential
- Emerson Residence > Single Family Residential
- Funk Zone > Duplex Residential
- Stella > Mixed Use
Additional Single Family Residential Projects
- 603 San Ysidro Single Family Residential
- Anthony Residence Single Family Residential
- Apple Oaks Ranch Single Family Residential
- Blue Flowers Islet Single Family Residential
- Davis Residence Single Family Residential
- Emerson Residence Single Family Residential
- Falcon House Single Family Residential
- Fuller Residence Single Family Residential
- Greene Residence Single Family Residential
- Greenworth House Single Family Residential
- Harmony Ranch Single Family Residential
- Hope Ranch Stable Single Family Residential
- Llano Road House Single Family Residential
- Miradero Lane House Single Family Residential
- Mussel Shoals Single Family Residential
- Ocean House Single Family Residential
- Sea Ranch Single Family Residential
- Shields Residence Single Family Residential
The Bel-Air House sits above Hollywood, along scenic Mulholland Drive, the storied thoroughfare that acts as a winding referee between the compact density of the San Fernando Valley, and the more ex-urban conditions of Los Angeles. In contrast to the client’s weekend beach house, here the client envisioned a home that could share equally in the energy of the city, and the rustic qualities of canyon living. The resulting home is both minimal and refined—its abstract forms read against the wilder aspects of its nominally natural setting.
As a patron of music, and the arts, the client’s creative interests suggested the overall design approach: A simple yet sophisticated backdrop for the presentation of recitals, and the display and appreciation of beautiful artifacts. The house avows a museum-like attitude—the rich but restrained material palette draws from the colors and textures of the Santa Monica Mountains, and opposes natural with refined, polished with honed, quietly confirming a reverential aspect to this “temple on the hill”.
The focus of the house is a dark and silent pool. Intended as a space of emptiness, the pool is an enigmatic statement—at once a source of origin for the house, as well as its apparent conclusion. The spatial aspects unfold from this moment, with the various rooms revolving around this essential void. The pool and its open rotunda echo the reservoir in the canyon below the house, while the ocean beyond ultimately underscores the house’s strong commitment to water.
Simple stone walls, taut rooflines, and disciplined and minimal detailing allow the home to act as an armature for the client’s personal expression of taste and creativity. In complement to the client’s Mussel Shoals House, which suggests a relationship with the vast, and ever-widening horizon, the architectural resolution of the Bel-Air House emerges from the sheltered and enveloping emotion of the canyon.