Location: Hollywood, California
Area: 1250 square feet
The La Cuesta accessory building was commissioned by the owner of a production company who required a private office space to work from home as well as a space adjacent to the pool for entertaining. The building’s form is a response to the confined site and the strict zoning laws of the neighborhood.
The ground floor has a large expanse of sliding doors that open the space up to the pool area creating a space that is ideal for enjoying Southern California’s mild climate. The second-floor windows and balcony are positioned to maximize the spectacular view of downtown Los Angeles that is visible over the existing house.
The building’s parking is accessed directly from the street, eliminating the need for the existing driveway. This allows for the building to be moved closer to the property line, better utilizing the available area and allowing the building to create privacy from the street and neighbors. The screened exterior gives the building a sense of transparency, relating it to the existing trees that surround it.
Location: Beverly Hills, California
Area: 2900 square feet
Status: Permit approval
This residence is located on an ideal site with unobstructed panoramic views, in Beverly Hills. The building is positioned on the front and side yard setback to maximize the rear yard and the view, which are the major foci of the residence.
A “lantern” volume over the living room creates a double height space that allows defused light to filter in during the day and emits a soft glow at night. The opposite end of the building is anchored with a guest suite. This suite is detached from the main house on the ground level creating the option of a private entrance. An open-air stair within this volume leads to a roof deck with 360-degree views.