A house that blends into the landscape and communicates with its surroundings, that’s one of the goals that a lot of us seek when building, restoring or buying a residence. That’s also how we can describe this beautiful home located in Los Angeles, California.
This was a project by Marmol Radziner, a studio with a holistic approach that specializes in everything from architecture design to interior, landscape and furniture design. A collaborative vision allows the team to come up with optimal design solutions for every project and every space.
One of the main characteristics of this modern residence is its ability to blend into the hillside topography and to communicate with the surroundings in a natural way. In order to ensure such results, the architects chose to use native materials and natural colors.
The design is meant to connect the inhabitants to the outdoors. It does that through full-height windows, high ceilings and sliding glass doors. The outdoor spaces are green and fresh. The front courtyard has lush greenery and adds a fresh touch and some color to this part of the house.
The back of the house has a panoramic view of the backyard. This zone has a grass lawn, a large pool, a spa area, an outdoor fireplace and a terrace. These are connected to the interior spaces through full-height sliding glass doors. Further more, the backyard is also visually connected to the front yard this way.
There’s a certain subtle contrast between the exterior and the interior of the house. The red cedar siding is better at making the house seem natural in its surroundings while the white cedar interior accents are more suitable for creating a bright and open ambiance inside the house.
The entrance opens full-height sliding glass doors that lead into the main living space. This central space is a light-filled room with an open floor plan. It includes the kitchen, dining space and lounge area.
Polished concrete floors define all the social areas. They set a fresh and light décor for all the areas, bringing them a bit closer to the outdoors. A kitchen island with seating that allows it to double as a bar sits at the center of this semi-private space. All the other furniture is made of wood . Long and narrow windows just under the ceiling lets some light come into this area.
The white oak cabinetry in the kitchen makes this space feel particularly warm and welcoming. A similar role is played by the coffee table in the central lounge space. The white sectional forms an L-shape around it creating a cozy and inviting ambiance. Turquoise accent pillows add a splash of color to the décor and dialogue with the pool visible through the glass walls.
The ground floor also has a separate caterer’s kitchen, a wine room and a guest suite with its own private entrance on the side of the house. The interior design and décor of all these spaces is cohesive with the rest of the residence, being a nice blend of warm and cold colors and materials.
The designers chose built-in cabinetry and space-saving furniture solutions for the house even if the floor area is quite generous. This strategy allowed them to create and maintain a very simple and fresh look specific to a lot of contemporary interiors.
The second floor houses the private quarters. Four bedrooms are situated on this level together with a semi-private lounge space. The bedrooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the trees and vegetation surrounding the house.
Simple and neutral colors with a slight nautical theme were used here. The wooden floors are complemented by white walls and ceilings and the occasional touch of blue in the form of wall art or corner accent chairs.
The bathrooms have walk-in shower units and glass partitions that maintain an open and bright appearance and ambiance throughout. Small windows bring natural light and offer a glimpse at the green views.