California hillside typology reinterpreted by dramatic opening on all sides to surroundings
A narrow and sharply sloping site led to the creation of a house both integrated with the topography and open to city views below. Retaining walls double function to extend the first floor living area into the hillside and to form garden terraces on two levels. Ten and twenty meter steel spans allow for unrestricted access to the surroundings and frame uninterrupted views over Los Angeles. Deep overhangs provide solar protection for double glazed walls that slide away to create continuous open spaces from interior to exterior, transforming the local hillside typology by allowing the house to be formed by the topography and opening directly to it in every direction.