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CARLAHOUSE
Beverly Hills, CA

Our primary design goal for this project was to maximize the potential for extensive and dramatic views to the East that this hilltop parcel. Rather than place a large, twenty thousand square foot house in the middle of the lot, we designed the residence to be split into a pair of two story wings, with the wings rotated so their short ends pointed to the view and their long axes established a visual frame across which they were connected via a low-one story section.  This section was clad in western red cedar siding.  We placed the most transparent parts of the program: the kitchen, dining room and entry—in this low middle section.  This makes the home feel both diminutive on approach and as open as possible to the dramatic views of rolling LA Hills, the iconic Hollywood sign, and the larger Angeles Mountains in the distance.  Atop this center connecting space we placed a two-thousand square foot party deck.  The inhabitants can also walk across the deck to get from one wing to the other.  We utilized pocketing and motorized sliding doors throughout this middle section to create a dramatic sense of openness from the front yard to the back.  In the front yard we placed a long reflecting pool that bounces light into the Western Red Cedar clad ceiling of the middle space in the afternoon, and on the view side we placed extensive decks as well as an eighty-four-foot infinity edge lap pool.  This pool also defines the edge of usable portion of the land as it falls away to the view.  The wings have double or triple height stair volumes that capture cascading natural light in concert with heavy exposed architectural concrete walls. The stairs themselves are clad in Oak.  Both wings feature large cantilevers and hover over the hillside.

Project Role: Architect
Completion: Expected Fall 2018
Project Size: 20,000 s.f.
Project Team: Noah Walker, Will Pyatt

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