The Los Angeles based architectural practice Space International realised this single family villa in the Mt. Washington neighborhood in their hometown. Located on a relatively small down-sloping lot of 4200 sf the opulent villa of 1200 sf called for an innovative strategy to create the perceptual illusion of privacy and seclusion, within a fully developed suburban hillside neighborhood.
Here is what the architects explain:
“The building site is sculpted by an above ground lap pool on the downslope side of the property, countered by an exposed concrete retaining wall on the uphill side. Together these two site features carve a sizable horizontal landing for the ground floor living and dining areas which open to a cool entry courtyard to the north and sunny pool terrace on the southern face. This configuration creates a natural cooling effect for the house which pulls the canyon breezes through the house, conditioning the air as it crosses the cooler water evaporating from the lap pool.”
“The house is striated into two vertical levels with the more secluded sleeping and bathing spaces located in a solid volume enclosure at the upper level. Strategically placed openings are positioned to enhance the panoramic views to the surrounding hillside, while maintaining privacy and seclusion from adjacent neighbors and structures. The mass of the upper volume appears to float over the ground floor living and dining spaces. At this level, large center pivot aluminum and glass doors allow the interior to effortlessly open to the adjacent outdoor spaces, creating a flexible indoor / outdoor room which is visually connected to the canyon landscape beyond.”
consultants: Structural Engineer – David H. Lau / David Maynard
to the Space International profile @ Architonic