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Feb 10, 2021

A Hillside House for Healthy Living

Design: Abramson Architects

Location: Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles, California, USA

Healthy Living House Pacific Palisades

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.

Healthy Living House Pacific Palisades

Situated on a promontory jutting into the canyon below the Hillside House for Healthy Living retreat boasts multiple vistas of the surrounding canyon and the Pacific Ocean beyond. However, local restrictions allowed for a single story above street level. Responding to these conditions, much of the home’s massing is located on a lower-level that daylights onto the downslope side of the house. This modest massing arrangement allows for neighboring properties to see over the roof of the home.

Healthy Living House Pacific Palisades

Healthy Living House Pacific Palisades

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.

Healthy Living House Pacific Palisades

Healthy Living House Pacific Palisades

Key products used:
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.

Healthy Living House Pacific Palisades

What was the brief?
Situated on a promontory point, the Palisades House appears to emerge from below the surface of an otherwise undisturbed canyon rim. An entrepreneur and family with a passion for healthy living, the owners envisioned a large, but informal, home woven into the topography of their dramatically sloping 2-acre site.

Healthy Living House Pacific Palisades

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.

Healthy Living House Pacific Palisades

Healthy Living House Pacific Palisades

What are the sustainability features?
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.

Healthy Living House Pacific Palisades

Healthy Living House Pacific Palisades

What were the key challenges?
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.

Healthy Living House Pacific Palisades

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.

Healthy Living House Pacific Palisades

What building methods were used?
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. A datum of wall elevations was carefully laid out to align the joints of the seemingly random board-formed concrete with the adjacent wood boards that come in 3”, 4”, 5”, and 6” widths. Floors, ceilings, steps, lighting, speakers, keypad controls, and outlets were carefully placed so that no element interrupts a joint in the boards.

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How is the project unique?
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 and stepped pathways provide full access to distant parts of the steep site.

Healthy Living House Pacific Palisades

Hillside House for Healthy Living in LA – Building Information

Design:Abramson Architects

Project size: 17000 ft2
Site size: 87120 ft2
Completion date: 2019
Building levels: 2

Healthy Living House Pacific Palisades

Photography: Roger Davies

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Location: Los Angeles, Southern California, USA

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