Sited on just under an acre in the heart of the Pacific Palisades, the site for this estate residence descends over thirty feet from top to bottom. Narrow at the street and widening toward the rear, the building was designed to appear as a very private single story structure from the street and expand as the house moves into the site. At just under 14,000 sq. ft. the house was conceived of as a California Modernist Estate the building utilizes the site slope and widening to create a wing typology each reaching into the site to capture garden spaces, set up views and account for service amenities.
Designed for peak privacy to the street, there are a series of site walls and fencing that define the property edge. After passing through the gate, the entry to the house is through a descending Entry Garden with water feature with a view through the house to the slopes of Will Rodgers State Park beyond. Shaped as a modified T, the wings of the house extend into the landscape creating separate wings dedicated to the elaborate programming of the building. Containing formal spaces for Entry, Living and Dining the house also offers a large entertainment style kitchen, Large Family Room, Library, 16 person Theater, Wine Cellar, Gym with Spa Bath including Sauna and Steam Room, secondary winter closets, dedicated two bedroom Guest House as well as six bedrooms including a Master Suite over 1,500 square feet with his and hers baths and closets as well as a garage for seven plus additional carport parking for three. All of this is balanced with a series of large exterior decks, patios and pool all wrapping around the stately eighty-foot tall Eucalyptus tree, which served as the aesthetic basis for the materiality of the building.
Balancing the solidity of the extensive board form concrete walls is an expansive use of glass and the warmth of stained wood siding throughout the building. The remainder of the building is wrapped in integral colored steel troweled stucco. This palette is based on the colors and tones of the tree that is the center of the garden. Passing materials from the interior to the exterior, doors disappearing into internal pockets and flooring extending onto the decks and patios all help to create a seamless relationship for the interior to the exterior, house to land. This relationship realizes a full use of the site for its entire acre site.
Amalfi Drive Residence
Designed for the high-end speculative real estate market, the Amalfi Drive Residence is a 8,550 sq. ft. single family residence located in the Pacific Palisades neighborhood of Los Angeles. Designed with a family in mind, the house was conceived of as a modernist villa. With formal entry, Living, Dining, Kitchen, Breakfast area, parking for three cars enclosed, the house has 6 bedrooms each with it's own bath, There is a dedicated Maids Quarters, full Guest Suite and large Master Suite with His and Hers Bath, Walk-In Closet and separate sitting area. Finishing out the Program is the basement gym with it's own exterior patio, wine cellar and theater to seat 12.
Located on a 16,000 sq. ft. property with both ocean and golf course views, tectonically, the house is designed in a "Z" formation separating the utility functions for the public and private wings. Rising from a single story nearest the street to a two story mass along the north side of the site, the building appears gently from the street yet has an impactful impression as you enter the grounds and walk toward the entry. As you approach the entry of the house, your given a direct view though the house to the ocean beyond. Adhering to the strict design guidelines for the neighborhood, the building is set back from the street to allow for both a gracious entry and to capture as much of the potential view as possible to the rear of the property. Designed to make the most of the expansive site, the house is open to the rear yard with large expanses of glass walls that slide away to allow for free flow from the interior to the exterior. The solid mass of the board form concrete wall that sits against the motor court acts as a visual and acoustic barrier to the street and driveway while defining the public wing of the house. A second board form concrete wall rises up over 26 feet high along the main stairway drawing your eye vertically to the second floor as a part of the entry hall. The concrete wall extends beyond the continuous skylight, which allows for the wall to be washed with light throughout the day.
The use of the concrete as the strongest building material is set against the use of a warm Western Red Cedar siding and walnut flooring and cabinetry. Balancing these materials out ids the use of crisp white steel troweled stucco, which makes a striking clean line against the blue sky. The overall composition of building massing, spatial relationships, natural light, voluminous space, textural juxtaposition and a rich palette of materials and textures bring this building to life.
Located in Hermosa Beach on a 45 feet by 110 feet walk street lot, the clients presented three goals for the project. First the building should use as little of the site as possible to allow for the largets gardens and exterior spaces as possible. Secondly was the desire for a basement storage/display area for their collection of vinatge surfboards. Third was the ecological nature the house had to be designed and built in.
Utilizing the site natural orientation the design places the length of the building along the Eastern edge of the property opening to the southwestern light and ocean views. By maintaining a very thin building occupying little of the site, the pool and gardens became a natural extension of the interior spaces. The mass and solidity of the east elevation are balanced by the open and transparency of the west. Reinforcing one of the most basic aspects of California modernism, the climate of Southern California allows for a lifestyle that is truly inside/outside. This idea is reinforcedby the ability to enlarge the exterior living and dining spaces out onto the pool terrace and placing an additional living room setting on the roof deck. By opening the glass doors of these spaces allow for a small building to feel very open and large.
Creating a balance between the building elements that are hard and cold and those that are warm and soft the building materials not only creates the beams, columns, windows and walls, they tel the story of construction. The proximity and relation of each of these to the others reinforces each of their qualities.
The balance between these aspects of design is at the heart of this building. The interior to exterior, solid to transparent, rough to soft and warm to cool all play with the other to create a composition of space, light and materiality.
The project consists of a new 3,500 sq. ft. Single-Family Residence located in the City of Manhattan Beach. The site for the Project is located 4 blocks from the beach on a southwesterly oriented lot with direct ocean views. Only 33 feet in width and 68 feet in length, the project is designed vertically over two stories plus a basement. Designed to simultaneously take advantage of the unobstructed ocean views and edit out any views of neighboring houses, the building is a study in editing and defining the use based upon the site and orientation. Utilizing the site’s maximum allowable area, the building is nestled into the sloping site and places all the public spaces on the top floor to take advantage of the most view possible.
Tectonically, the building is a study in spatial definition thought folded planes of material each performing in a different way. How the building meets the sky, is perceived when entering and due to it’s vertical nature, how it is perceived while moving through it in the vertical direction drove the design.
Three folded planes wrapping around each other creating the building envelope defines the building. The main folded plane is the east exterior wall and roof that on the second floor appears to float above the lower building masses. This plane is clad in white stucco that will present a clean and crisp line against the sky. The materiality of this plane runs from the interior to the exterior elongating it and seamlessly combing the public spaces from interior to exterior. The second plane is the horizontal mass that runs along the buildings south façade; wrapping the cantilevered west massing and returns back to the building. This plane defines the entry and Master Suite and is clad in varying thickness re-claimed wood siding to create the feeling of texture and plays with shadow and light. The third plane is the vertical component cast in board form concrete; it runs from the basement until the second floor and acts as the heart of the building.
Grand View Residence
The Project was an extensive remodel and addition to a typical Mar Vista Bungalow on the Westside of Los Angeles. The site had three important virtues upon which the entire project is based. First, there was an existing fifty foot tall Eucalyptus tree in the front yard, second, the existing building was sited so that the front yard was large enough to act as a habitable exterior space and third, the existing building allowed for a expansion toward the side yards.
Utilizing the existing space toward the setback(s), a few small additions were made to the ground floor to enlarge the footprint of the building, open the entire ground floor up from the front yard to the rear and allow for extended views through the house from front to back. Generous walls of glass create a strong feeling of expanded space and extend the indoors out and the outdoors in. A second floor was added housing bedrooms, bathroom and laundry facilities allowing the ground floor to remain open for public use. Using the generous length of the property, a small-detached building is placed as far to the rear of the property as possible housing an office from which the Owners operate their business. The two buildings create a courtyard used for entertaining and holds as much importance in the house as the interior living room counterpart.
The building took on a color and material palette based upon the colors and textures of the Eucalyptus tree. A composition of smooth stucco colored to match the light gray of the tree bark along with variegated wood siding stained to match the color of the leaves create a texture of smooth planes working in balance with the dark bronze window system.
Designed as a simple “L” composition striking a balance between an open public pavilion and a solid closed elongated bar building, the 3200 SQ feet single residence located in the City of San Gabriel creates a family compound enclosing a series of large Eucalyptus trees looking down to the grove of trees below.
Starting with site planning, the orientation, layout and massing of this project all reinforce the buildings relation to its site and landscape. Exterior patios extend out of the building elongating the interior / exterior experience and gicing the impression of a larger building.
The public spaces all contained within a single large room is screened from the street by a steel and wood screen creating privacy yet still allowing the transparency of the pavilion.The structure, finished ceiling and floor planes extend to the exterior bringing the outside in and the inside out. The private spaces run along the east side of the site creating both a private play yard for the children’s room but also acts as the enclosure of the site.
Utilizing the site’s orientation, the sun moves across the site filtering light into the building throughout the day. From the morning light coming in to the east bedrooms to early evening light into the dining and kitchen, the building is bathed in light.
Second Street Development
Located in the South-bay community of Hermosa Beach, the two-unit condominium is designed to take advantage of its three sided open corner location and to capture the views inherent in its proximity to the beach. While the site sits only two blocks off the sand, as with all beach lots is a narrow 33 feet wide by 110 feet long with very restrictive Zoning requirements. These Regulations allowed for a building that can only be long in length, narrow in width and tall. The challenge was to design a building that had to adhere to the regulations yet does not look like it is adhering to them. At over 3,000 sq. ft, per unit spread over three stories and a basement, the building utilizes a reverse floor plan configuration placing the public spaces on the top floor to take advantage as much as possible the views to the ocean and Palos Verdes Hill. By breaking up the massing and creating either very deliberate narrow view corridors or long horizontal vistas depending upon the room and location, the tectonics of the building define the solid to void, open to closed massing and building materiality.
Designed to feel light and airy, the main material is crisp white stucco with grey accent and touches of stained Cedar and board form concrete throughout, the building plays in both volume and solid to transparency creating a strong architectural statement yet still soft and warm. Due to their position on the narrow site, each unit offers slightly different experience, one is taller and lofty taking advantage of the natural light and city views while the other is lower and horizontal and focused entirely on the horizon ocean views.
An extreme remodel for a couple whose children are grown and left the house, this Project is a reduction of building size while drastically updating the design to reflect the Clients desire to have a simple, clean modern building. The existing 4000 sq. ft. late 60’s single family residence sits at the top of the Penn Street hill in El Segundo and has a massive appearance on the street. With no relationship to the site, orientation and views, the existing building is dramatically remodeled to provide as strong of a relationship of building to site, view and orientation.
Utilizing as much of the existing conditions as possible, the buildings reorganization is centered upon an open flowing series of spaces flooded with natural light. The building massing is reduced to the street and new materials are employed to create choreographed views to the city in the distance. Materials selections are made to reinforce the massing and forms of the revised elevations by creating a series of simple planes clad as solid elements creating a powerful effect of the revised fenestration. materiality of the building.
Park City Residence
With distant views to the slopes of Park City Utah, the Tiedemann Residence is designed as a family vacation home in a multi seasonal resort community. Presented with strict guidelines within which to design, the building created reaches beyond the expected "mountain home" to realize what can be done when looked at from a different point of view.
Utilizing the natural slope of the site, the building steps up in a series of gentle levels to both maximize view and reinforce the building relationship to the earth. Working within design guidelines controlling both massing and materiality, the home is divided into three distinct volumes each stepping up the slope to create both view corridors and integration with the exterior gardens and patios. This planning of the building create a rambling mountain feel, yet still remain very clean and minimal.
Using natural woods, metals, and stone, the building creates a relationship to both the ground and sky. Clean, elegant lines are maintained through strict detailing and extension of interior materials to the exterior.
Reinforcing the ideas of a total designed environment, these ideas are brought to the interiors where furniture, finishes and accessories were selected for their materiality and texture relationships. The furnishings were selected to create a relaxed elegant environment while maintaining the scale and strength of the spaces. The tile, fabrics, woods and leathers where a directs reflection of both the site's native color and planting and materiality of the building.