An entrepreneurial family with a passion for healthy living requested a large home on their dramatically sloping 2-acre site. They wanted an informal layout woven into the topography. They also wished to enjoy as much of the site as possible, requiring the inclusion of steps and landscape pathways that lead to more distant parts of the steep site. Situated on a promontory jutting into the canyon below the hillside retreat boasts multiple vistas of the surrounding canyon and the Pacific Ocean beyond. This modest massing arrangement allows for neighboring properties to see over the roof of the home.
▼建筑位于陡峭的斜坡之上，the building is on the steep slope © Roger Davies
In three distinct locations, landscaped topography “fingers” heighten one’s awareness of the panoramic scenery. Bridges span over these fingers, extending the natural graded areas into the heart of the home. The design solution offers new perspectives for experiencing the owner’s prized views while providing a glimpse of the topography as it stood before the house was set upon it. A stepped roof plan reduces the 17,000 sqft dwelling’s perceived mass, creating the illusion of several interconnected structures. The efficient footprint occupies less than 19% of the property and preserves the site’s organic flow, including their neighbor’s views to the Santa Monica Mountains and the Pacific Ocean.
▼入口阶梯式屋顶，the stepped roof at entrance © Roger Davies
▼桥梁连接不同部分，bridges connect different parts © Roger Davies
Special measures were taken by the designers and concrete contractors to reduce the thermal bridging typically associated with reinforced concrete walls. Before the concrete was poured, 2” thick rigid insulation was placed into the center of the 14” thick concrete walls. This results in an increased R-value in the walls without sacrificing the look of a monolithic concrete wall. Custom stormwater retention system, hydronic in-floor radiant heating, and dedicated solar panels for heating the pool augment the home’s sustainable features. The home’s location makes users susceptible to a daily wind pattern that picks up in the early afternoon and recedes during the early evening. A site-specific solution combines recessed track hardware originally designed as a convention center wall system with custom aluminum framed “windscreen” panels clad in perforated metal. Typically stacked against concrete columns when not in use the homeowner can quickly deploy the 4 feet wide top-hung panels into a series of pre-set positions to counteract the winds or mitigate heat gain.
▼屋前泳池，swimming pool in front of the house © Roger Davies
▼嵌入式轨道设备与穿孔铝制挡风板，recessed track hardware and perforated aluminum windscreen panels © Roger Davies
▼泳池与远处景观，swimming pool and distant landscape © Roger Davies
▼堆叠在混凝土柱上的挡风板 © Roger Davies
windscreen panels stacked against concrete columns
Since covenants and restrictions allowed for only a single story above street level, many of the home’s rooms are located on a lower level which daylights on the downslope side of the house. The layered design caters to the homeowners’ need for a full-time residence and part-time wellness retreat. Supporting these goals, a “show garage” doubles as an open-air yoga studio.
▼门厅，foyer © Roger Davies
▼明亮的通高空间，bright height space © Roger Davies
▼宽敞的生活空间，spacious living space © Roger Davies
▼客厅与远处的景观无缝衔接，the living room connects seamlessly with the landscape in the distance © Roger Davies
▼从客厅望向展示车库，view from living room to the show garage © Roger Davies
▼近景，closer view © Roger Davies
▼展示车库，the show garage © Roger Davies
▼起居室，family room © Roger Davies
▼半室外露台，semi-outdoor terrace © Roger Davies
The use of a simple color scheme and contemporary materials is central to the design philosophy. French manor oak flooring, white oak shiplap wall cladding, oil rubbed bronze wall panels, and painted steel show deference to the picturesque surroundings. Pebble and stone accents embrace the nearby mountains resulting in material palette that is modern, yet warm.
▼简洁的配色和现代的材料，the simple color scheme and contemporary materials © Roger Davies
▼楼梯，staircase © Roger Davies
▼书房，study © Roger Davies
▼卧室，bedroom © Roger Davies
▼浴室，bathroom © Roger Davies
During wildfire season the site is threatened by blazes capable of rushing up the canyon. As such, the residence’s cladding and landscaping elements consist of non-combustible and ignition resistant materials intended to reduce fuel for the fires. Meticulous craftsmanship and authentic building materials are recurring themes best exemplified by the widespread use of board-formed concrete walls, white oak shiplap cladding, and painted galvanized steel doors and windows.
▼夜景，night view © Roger Davies
▼轴测图，axonometry © Abramson Architects
▼首层平面图，main level plan © Abramson Architects
▼下层平面图，lower level plan © Abramson Architects
▼立面图，elevations © Abramson Architects
Building levels: 2
Architect: Abramson Architects