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Tree Top Residence in Los Angeles
Modern House and Interior in California design by Belzberg Architects, USA
Sep 7, 2016
Tree Top Residence L.A., California
Design: Belzberg Architects
Location: Los Angeles, USA
Tree Top Residence
The Tree Top Residence celebrates the site’s complex landscape, merging seamlessly and emerging from atop the canopy of trees that surround it. Built along a natural ridgeline, the long and narrow plan of the three-story house mimics and inverts the angles of the site’s topography, creating dynamic vertical and horizontal relationships.
Vertically, an eccentrically-helical stair functions as a primary organizing element and a sculptural gesture upon entry into the house. On the ground floor, it acts as a threshold into the open plan; on the floor above, it separates the master suite and children’s quarter, while providing a light well to the basement.
Horizontally, walls are used sparingly in favor of fluidly connected spaces. Movement and views between dining areas, kitchen, play and gathering spaces are uninterrupted, and floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors blend the interior with the outside.
Hidden from the street, the residence is insulated from its neighbors, but open to its site. Canted limestone louvers, and dense planting on the north facade shield the interior from the closest adjacent neighbor. Conversely, the rest of the building opens to the site with floor-to-ceiling glazing, relying on both the house’s generous distance from the property line, and the densely wooded valley below to create a natural screen. The orchestration of this view, overlooking a dense canopy of trees, embodies the intent to offer respite from the city below.
Tree Top Residence – Building Information
Year: August 2015
Size: 13,900 ft2 / 1,290sqm
Location: Los Angeles, USA
Architect: Belzberg Architects
Partner-in-Charge: Hagy Belzberg
Project Manager: David Cheung
Project Team: Dan Rentsch, Jennifer Wu, Chris Sanford, Barry Gartin, Susan Nwankpa
Project Contributors: Brock DeSmit, Chris Arntzen, Glenn Ginter, Andrew Kim, Ashley Coon
Landscape Architects: Pamela Burton & Company Landscape Architecture
Interior Design/Decor: Curated, Inc.
Soils Engineer: Grover Hollingsworth & Associates, Inc.
Civil Engineer: Fuscoe Engineering, Inc.
Structural Consultant: Thornton Tomasetti
M/E/P Consultant: South Coast Engineering
Surveyor: Northlake Surveying
Expeditor: Kimberlina Whettam & Associates
Project Management: Planning Partners Limited
General Contractor: Winters Schram Associates
Special FabricationL Spectrum Oak (Stairs), Funtime Cabinet Factory (Millwork), Fusion Flooring (Kitchen Stair and wood flooring).
Photography: Bruce Damonte
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Location: Carla Ridge, Los Angeles, Southern California, United States of America
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