A 1500 sq. ft. house which sits on a gentle hill overlooking the city with an east west orientation.This three story house, 16 feet wide x 75 feet long, steps down the hill and floats above the site contours. Steel columns and steel beams allow the wood frame to have an open plan, which opens each floor and each floor to each level.
A structural steel trellis allows for a large glass area to open the house to the view of the city below. Minimizing the structural walls in each wall plane so the glass can be maximized, and locating operable windows to create a natural flow of air. This flow affords the house an inherent energy efficiency.
A one car garage allows for an entry drive garden court for a second auto, behind a translucent sliding aluminum and glass gate.
The drive, or pedestrian entry level opens to the kitchen living, dining room and deck. A bathroom with a shower, where the glass ceiling of the shower acts as an intermediate landing to the glass and steel staircase. The staircase leads up to a bedroom level, which also has a deck that opens towards the view. Back to the entry level, a floor hatch opens to an access stair to the office level below. The office hangs on to the structure above, the walls, non-structural, allowed to be constructed of translucent wall panels which glow in the evening like a Noguchi lamp.
A simple 4 foot grid provides for a rational layout where elements align for a sense of calm which sits well in the canyon and natural surrounding. The trees marching to the south and east of the house provide privacy to the surrounding neighborhood.Location: Laurel Canyon, Los Angeles, USA
Architect: Frishman Architecture