Los Angeles-based designer and architect Clive Wilkinson recently managed to turn his dream of creating a floating home into a reality. His studio designed and built the architect’s own family home in Los Angeles and came up with a very interesting concept for it. The inspiration came from all the neighboring structure that had futuristic, spaceship-like designs and the fact that the house sits on top of a steep site similar to some triangle-shaped lots helped a lot.
From the street, it looks as if there’s only two levels, one clad in black zinc panels with a very angular and geometric shape sitting on top of a flat floor built-in sand-blasted concrete. There is in fact a third floor below these two which remains hidden from viewed from the front. This was possible thanks to the sloping nature of the site.
The top floor is the most spectacular-looking one. It’s partially cantilevered and supported by stilts, forming a terrace at the rear of the house and a covered space below. The true scale of the house can only be appreciated from the side opposite to the street and shows an image quite different from that of the front facade. The entrance and garage are positioned on the middle floor which is level with the street.
A wooden staircase framed by black panels leads to the living area situated above or to the lower section of the house. The living room, kitchen and dining area are all blended into a single large space at the top. Wooden beams decorate the walls and ceilings, giving this area a really cool, attic-like appearance.