Rockefeller Partners Architects have designed a home in Mandeville Canyon, a small community in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. This custom residence is inspired as much by its unique setting as the client’s lifestyle. Due to the irregular shape of the site, which includes a small grove of eucalyptus and pine trees, only one of the 3.5 acres is buildable land. To maximize the views, the 10,000 square foot house was split into two wings ‘north and south’ which turn away from the motor court to face an expansive lawn and the surrounding canyon views.
Breaking the structure into smaller parts also reduces massing and establishes a physical connection with the outdoors; access is available from almost any room. At the heart of the home is a great fireplace that begins in the living room then penetrates the exterior wall to become a wedge-shaped landscape feature and finally, the pool wall.
The early mandate from the home owners was that the house be useful, beautiful and timeless. This modern residence pays homage to the craftsman architecture of the early 1900s with its originality, simplicity of form, use of natural materials and the visibility of handmade details. Much like its turn-of-the-century predecessors, the design rejects opulence and mass-produced housing elements. As with the architecture, the interior design stemmed directly from the client’s desire to create a timeless environment that was warm and comfortable but also refined.
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Photos: Eric Staudenmaier