When building a home with a particularly standout vista, it is common practice to utilise a design that captures the best of the view. Less common is the situation where there are two compelling outlooks to accommodate.
Yet this was the conundrum facing the team at Landry Design Group when designing the featured property, says associate in charge of the project, Marc Welch.
"To the north of the site lies the city of Los Angeles, while to the south the view takes in Catalina Island and the Pacific Ocean. During the day, the ocean view is predominant, while at night, the city view truly comes to life. This dichotomy, along with the mandate that the house be only one storey, were the prime factors in the organisation of the residence."
Dictates from the Homeowners' Association meant the house had to be single level, with an exterior cladding in shingle or wood, mainly white in colour, and in a Ranch style.
"Taking all these requirements into account, the result is a narrow house that is organised in a linear fashion so that every room has a view," says Welch. "The type of view has been dictated by the principal use of each room."
Rooms oriented toward the ocean view are those mostly used during the day, while areas used for entertaining guests have views of the cityscape. Further layout considerations included where the sun rises and sets thus the breakfast room faces east and the dining room faces west.
"We spent a lot of time working out the right flow of spaces, including creating a chalk outline of the house on the site and then standing in the rooms to make sure everything was exactly right," says Welch.
The layout of the house is characterised by a full-length gallery space that runs along its spine, which provides access to each of the rooms, the architect says.