Designed by SAOTA
From the architects:
This home, a private residence in Los Angeles, is situated above Laurel Canyon Boulevard on a cul-de-sac in the Hollywood Hills.
With its elevated position at the edge of a steep promontory, the site offers unobstructed panoramic views from downtown Los Angeles to Santa Monica.
Its north-south orientation aligns with the grid of the city basin below, and the tone for its architectural context is set by Mid-century landmarks such as Pierre Koenig’s landmark Stahl House, which can be glimpsed on a nearby promontory to the west.
Cape Town-based architects SAOTA engaged with the Modernist precedent set by the Stahl House and other ground-breaking Los Angeles Case Study Houses in the design of this home, reprising and advancing some of their pioneering innovations that forged the distinctive indoor-outdoor lifestyle that became synonymous with the city itself, and a distinctive, climatically appropriate regional Modernism.
By raising a platform on pillars and caissons, the architects lifted the house towards the view and established a series of intersecting and overlapping horizontal planes that project outwards from the cliff edge.
The horizontal emphasis of the terraces and over-sailing eaves reflect the city’s wide horizons, with a sense of volume and compression that responds to its distinctive character.
In a sense, the back of the house can be understood as a giant viewing platform.