Revello Residence is a modern architectural home remodel that has been designed by Shubin + Donaldson Architects, located in Pacific Palisades, California. Though desirable ocean front/viewing properties are becoming increasingly limited, rare opportunities still exist as diamonds in the rough waiting to be discovered/transformed. This three-level, 4,600 square foot hillside home with four bedrooms and four-and-a-half bathrooms exemplifies that pursuit and creative occupation of challenging topographical conditions rewarding unparalleled panoramic and private ocean views, while remaining nestled within close proximity of the city. An active family of four requested the re-visioning of their then nondescript 1980’s remodel which was taken apart, analyzed, then reassembled with critical concern for the preservation of this site’s most precious aspects: Location and view.
Approach, orientation, and entry sequence are all overlaid to compound the open and bright experience culminating in the unmatched view. Fortification of the terrain also allowed for the conceptual overlaying of program, including an office/exercise room level, sleeping level, and living/entertaining level all conveniently organized against the hillside. Maintenance of a very open and connective relationship between interior and exterior spaces is supported by an elegant yet casual palette of natural materials, textures, and rich details.
A comfortable mixture of the elements of Southern California coastal living, modern design/convenience, and the realities of living near a large metropolitan city combine here to offer a warm and cultivated living experience capitalizing on a very unique site opportunity.
Photos: John Ellis
Sunset Strip showcases bright open spaces, contemporary design and ample natural light, the vision of McClean Design located in Los Angeles, California. The house is approached by means of a gated driveway and guard house. Passing through the gate a landscaped hedge leads to the drive court which is centrally located between the house, garage, and guest house. The garage sits in a spot that enjoys spectacular views of the surrounding canyons so we designed it to be glazed on both sides. All three buildings are connected by a water feature that leads the eye to a swimming pool and spa at both ends.
The main house is approached along the water feature by means of a short stair which leads to the front hallway, glazed and open on three sides with room for a significant art piece on the focal wall. The entry leads to a stairwell where a beautiful chrome and stone stair ascends to the upper level bedrooms. Directly ahead is the living room, doors open to the right where the dining room is located overlooking the water feature. To the rear, tall suede door lead to the library/ informal media room where pocketing doors access a private landscaped garden. An interesting feature of this room is that the same film is projected on both sides of the drop down screen allowing people to circle around and watch from both inside and out.
The main living room is two stories tall and enjoys spectacular views of the Los Angeles Basin and the ocean beyond. The room incorporates a bar and glazed wine cellar as well as an elongated see through fire place that is visible from the family room on the other side.
The combined kitchen and family room has a more intimate feeling than the living room and appears to float over the water feature. From here it is possible to look back along the water past the garage all the way to the guest house and beyond. This room also enjoys wonderful views of the city below and leads directly to the back yard, covered dining area and expansive elevated terrace below the infinity pool. This terrace is designed for entertaining large groups and incorporates an extended fire feature and comfortable seating. This level of the house is completed by services spaces and an office for the owner.
Below the main level are two large bedroom suites each with their own outdoor area. Across the lower courtyard is the gym and wellness center. Located directly below the garage it incorporates sliding walls of glass to make the most of the mild climate. The upper level of the house contains the master as well as two additional bedrooms. At the top of the stairs there is a gallery space that looks into the living room below and out to the water feature. The master bedroom itself has his and her bathrooms complete with large closet areas. The sliding panels of glass surrounding the bed and sitting area open automatically to the deck which reveals the best view of the house enjoyed by this room. The other two bedrooms are expansive and have their own walk in closets and separate baths.
Across the drive court from the main house a separate and independent guest house contains two bedrooms, living, dining and kitchen and its own services spaces. The palette of materials is designed to be warm and contemporary. We have made extensive use of polished stone and added wood elements for warmth. All kitchens and bathrooms in corporate Italian furniture and fixtures, windows and doors are bronzed aluminum. The house is located in one of Los Angeles most famed neighborhoods, only minutes from Sunset Strip yet still enjoying a piece and serenity made possible by the surrounding nature.
Photos: Courtesy of McClean Design
San Lorenzo Residence represents two interlocking L-shaped forms to organize the house, designed by Mike Jacobs Architecture, located at the end of a canyon road in Los Angeles, California. The house responds to and engages its surrounding landscapes: an interior private garden to the south and the manicured fairways of a golf course to the north.
Following a careful zoning study, two interlocking “L-shaped” formally organize the house: the first “L-shape”, an open and transparent enclosure and veranda (steel/glass), incorporates the communal living spaces of garden, pool, living rooms and theater; the second “L-shape,” an opaque enclosure (stucco/cedar), holds the basic form of the house and incorporates the private bedrooms and service spaces.
A large open living space is central to the organization of the house. Pocket sliding doors open the south wall to the garden and north facing windows unfold to view the fairways create direct connections to the exterior. These large openings passively cool the house and draw fresh air deep into the residual spaces to naturally ventilate the home.
Social exchange is expressed by section. An elongated formal stair links the terraced living spaces to the exterior and connects to the theater below. A pair of secondary flanking stairs provide access from the residual private rooms and service areas. These multiple points-of-entry produce a constant interchange between the family unit.
Photos: Michael Wells
2251 Linda Flora Drive is a recently constructed compound that sits at the end of a very long, gated drive overlooking 350-acre untouched Hoag Canyon, in Bel Air, California. Reminiscent of Richard Meier’s Getty Museum, the 9,300 square foot, four bedroom, four bathroom home is encased in beautiful travertine stone. It features monumental scale and proportion, large disappearing glass doors and an organic and seamless indoor-outdoor flow.
This fabulous home has recently been listed for sale at $12,500,000, from here.
An impressive reflecting pool welcomes guests and enlivens the entrance. With 14-foot high ceilings and a 34-foot high central gallery with a roof-long skylight, this home is an art collector’s dream, suited to both private contemplation and large-scale entertaining.
The superb chef’s kitchen (which features a breakfast area overlooking the reflecting pool, a large center island, and integrated Miele/Wolf appliances) can be closed off for catered affairs or left open to the voluminous living and dining areas.
A dramatic home library peers down through a glass floor into the walk-in wine room, as well as looking out to the sylvan “amphitheater” (perfect for your next TED Talk). A sumptuous guest suite is also located downstairs.
Upstairs resides the master suite, with its light-filled, spa-like bathroom, a roomy dressing room/closet resembling a tony boutique, and an extensive outdoor deck with fireplace and broad views. Also upstairs is a large office (which has been plumbed in case one wanted another bedroom suite upstairs).
A guest house with permitted kitchen, sliding glass walls that leave you “floating” over the colossal view, and a three-car garage lay across the motor courtyard.
The 3.2 acre property is just as captivating as the architecture. In addition to the endless hiking trails, the property features a swimmer’s and diver’s pool with a sun-drenched pool deck; two separate lawns; and an entertaining loggia with its own fireplace.
Daylight is engaged as an architectural element throughout the house, pouring in at every angle of opportunity; the path of the California sun creating ever-changing experiences and moods like moving art. Night is just as dramatic with its symphony of stars, the flickering of flames, the shimmering of illuminated water and the thoughtfully-designed landscape lighting.
Once you have settled in to this architectural retreat, it is easy to forget that you’re only minutes away from the best of what Los Angeles and Beverly Hills has to offer.
Photos: Jim Bartsch
Martis Camp 506 is nestled on a steep slope with phenomenal views of the Carson mountain range in Truckee, Nevada County, California, designed by Blaze Makoid Architecture. Martis Camp is a 2,200 acre multigenerational ski and golf club located between historic Truckee, California, and Lake Tahoe. Over 600 one to five acre single family lots are planned with small groups of lots being released at a time. This 6,000 square foot development project is sited on an acre of steeply sloping, wooded terrain, with phenomenal views of the Carson mountain range to the north and west. The placement and footprint of the house preserves the natural site features through minimal grading and tree removal.
Accessed from the lower part of the site, the house is a simple ‘L’, with the two wings linked by the double height glazed entry and stair hall, located at the intersection of the two geometries. A stone plinth mediates the steep pitch of the site creating both a cloistered parking court as well as a base on which the two story house rests. High stone retaining walls along the high point of the site combine with a dramatically cantilevered roof to provide extensive, sheltered outdoor patio space that includes outdoor cooking, dining and living areas.
These program elements surround the open plan great room that contains living, dining and kitchen. The den to the northwest projects out beyond the stone base, creating a secluded, glazed refuge and serves as a balance to the roof projection on the opposite side of the house.
Black stained cedar siding will allow for the house to blend with the landscape during the summer and fall and pose as a dramatic counterpoint to the snow cover through the winter months.
This speculative project is being produced in partnership with the developer and is planned for completion spring 2014.
Photos: Vance Fox Photography
Marin Bungalow is a 1950’s ranch house renovation by Feldman Architecture, perched on a hill in Tiburon with sweeping views of Richardson Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge, California. This stunning residence had a casual charm and great potential. Even though it was tiny by neighboring standards, its prime location helped the architects to see an opportunity to create a striking space, worthy of the spectacular views.
Sensitive to the neighbors’ views, expansion of the house was limited to the existing envelope. Also presenting a challenge was the awkward floor plan without a formal entry space or a master suite. The firm expanded the living spaces into the garage to create a new front door and entry, as well as a master suite with South facing windows that capture the Golden Gate views. Interior walls were removed to create a more open floor plan with a larger kitchen and dining room, plus the addition of a family room and separate laundry room. The south facade was opened up to the backyard and the views with new windows and doors which also maximize the natural light in the formerly dark spaces.
The interiors received a contemporary facelift with a palette of mostly whites and light woods to keep the small house feel light, bright, and airy. The owner’s furniture and styling nicely complemented the house’s fresh new look. Custom metal sunshades were added to the South façade to shade the back deck while maintaining maximum views to the Bay.
Photos: Paul Dyer
MODECO residence is a modern single family property designed by Modern House Architects, located in Los Altos, a city in the San Francisco Bay Area, California. This spacious newly built family home features open plan living, comprised of materials of wood, concrete and glass.
We were fortunate to have been commissioned by an owner/developer who wished to create a new home that was both site specific and sensitive to the remaining mid-century character of existing homes left in this neighborhood. We drew upon archetypes of the 40‘s and 50‘s, such as limited front facade fenestration and appropriately located roof overhangs, while using materials more common to current modernist homes.
The floors in the kitchen are plain sawn white oak, no stain.
The structure incorporates passive house standard technology that approaches the current European model of passive home. MODECO utilizes natural ventilation and light, solar photovoltaic (PV), and a mechanical/fresh air system with heat recovery. Concrete walls have a thermally broken core, and all other exterior walls and roof have 1.75 inch ridged outsulation wrap.
Photos: Assassi Productions
The Sinbad Creek Residence is a modern dream home designed by Swatt | Miers Architects for a retired couple located on a beautiful 5.3 acre east-facing hillside in the rural town of Sunol, Alameda County, California. The clients requested a home that was modern, livable and warm, where the indoors and outdoors melded. Something utterly serene, where views of the landscape came first. With unique wall-to-wall views in every direction of Mission Peak, a hillside of mature oaks and a canyon ridge, this two bedroom, 4,000 square foot home has been designed so that every major space has its own special focus.
The front door opens to a dramatic two-story window in the dining area and a more intimate living room beyond.
Organized on alternating sides of a linear north-south circulation spine, each space is placed diagonally across the spine from its neighbor space. With varying ceiling heights that range from a low, compressed entry to a dramatic two-story dining room with bridge above, the result is a composition of dynamic interlocking interior spaces, where each space derives its special character from its unique scale, its relationship to adjacent spaces, and its relationship to the surrounding natural landscape.
Designer Jorie Clark selected furnishings in a neutral color palette of graphite, sand and white with occasional red accents – pieces that were less ubiquitous than “iconic” designs and would most importantly not compete with the setting. For example, the minimalist Judd dining table in glass, stainless steel and olive ash allows you to see right through to the canyon. This sensibility extended even to the art, where if there was a view that was the central focus, the art should not call much attention to itself.
Morning sun floods the kitchen, where there’s ample prep space and room for people to gather. The house is “future proofed” – two closets are framed out with power so they can install a lift when needed.
The home’s strong horizontal lines are a counterpoint to the rolling hills, the integrated stucco and stained cedar blending with the gray-green of the olive trees.
Photos: Russell Abraham
Holmby Hills Residence is a contemporary three level, glass encased compound designed and built by London-based Quinn Architects and Estate Four, nestled on a lush property in Holmby Hills, Bel-Air, California. Located in one of the most sought-after addresses in the world, the 14,500 square foot contemporary villa showcases panoramic views of the Hollywood Hills and the sea beyond. The scale and proportions of this seven bedroom, seven-and-a-half bathroom home are breathtaking, framed on all sides by mature trees and greenery. Secluded and utterly private, the home offers exquisite amenities and wonderful indoor-outdoor flow, with a sophisticated sense of space.
This home is also listed for sale at a mere $45,000,000 asking price, from here.
The main entrance is dramatic, offering an immense motor court and impressive 20 ft high canopy. This leads you to the luxuriously spacious living room, with its earth-toned color scheme, floor to ceiling glass, and soaring 20 ft high ceiling, tailor-made for displaying large-scale artwork.
The home’s interiors feature the highest quality materials throughout, from a marble-clad stairwell to custom recessed lighting to the American black walnut flooring. You’ll enjoy an abundance of natural light and high ceilings in every room. Each space feels like a suite unto itself, and almost every room boasts its own outdoor patio or balcony with views. As you travel between rooms, dramatic vistas unfold. Transparent facades and sliding doors fuse indoor and outdoor living to exhilarating effect.
Off the 75 foot central gallery – ideal for an art collector – the second living area boasts a 14 foot high ceiling and direct access to the outdoor terrace and pool.
An ultra-spacious kitchen features a state-of-the-art Molteni design with integrated lighting, Dada/Miele appliances and direct access to the terraces and custom-tiled infinity pool.
Upstairs, the wide-open master suite combines a sophisticated master bedroom, huge master bath, 3 private walk-closets, powder room and separate offices. The master also boasts an extensive balcony looking out over the pool and tennis court.
The main sleeping spaces, including a 2,000 square foot master bedroom suite, take advantage of the Hollywood Hills scenery from the upper levels of the residence, with this site’s views rated to be among the finest in the whole of Holmby Hills.
The 3-level home also features six other elegantly appointed bedroom suites, three living rooms, formal dining room, two libraries/studies, double-height gallery, spacious fitness center, home theater, catering kitchen, elevator and wine cellar. The estate integrates a cutting-edge audio-visual system that uses an iPad interface, everything automated and with maximum security. This is truly an estate for the ages.
The resort-like grounds are ideal for relaxing and entertaining, with 6,500 square feet of terrace space in addition to the pool, landscaped gardens, outdoor kitchen, flat lower lawn and a gorgeous astro-turf tennis court with floodlights. Mature trees provide a natural border of the property, and together with the tiered pool and gardens, it feels as if you are on a luxurious island looking out over your own private park.