Overview + recognition
A hillside home in Pacific Palisades, California, 20032,900 SFArchitectural Record, December 2002 Merit Award, Residential Architect, 2005 The ArchiCad Book, Springer Wien NY, 2005 World Interiors, Liaoning Publishing, 2006 The New 100 Houses x 100 Architects, Images Publishing Group, 2007 200 Houses, Images Publishing Group, 2010Inquiry
3 BR, 4 BA hillside house within the California coastal zone, including 2 car garage and studio. The home is equipped with passive green devices and features open living area, summer and winter decks, as well as a service dumbwaiter from the garage to the top level; Western exposure, utilizing a truly spectacular ocean view.
The home is designed and built to fit the specific lot. The sustainable features create easy and balanced maintenance: the house is well built into the terrain, which conditions the reap part of the space, the stairwell has an operable skylight, venting windwards, which naturally drafts the hot air out. Carefully planned cross ventilation with low operable intakes and high discharges aerates the front the of the house, while the built-in exterior wood louvres cast a solid shade summer time and let energy in during the winter.
The exterior becomes part of the interior environment all around the house. Framing the view works in every aspect as a kinetic art piece; materials are natural and easy to maintain and adapt to different levels during day and night. For instance, the rear portion of the main space has green-gray slate finish, which complements its color as a secondary color layer to the warm maple wood flooring, which in its turn bounces off the deep blue dusk storefront ocean view.
Besides aesthetics, the home functions like a well built machine for living - from the convenience of a dumbwaiter to the kitchen | BBQ passthrough. Spatial portions of the main loft space are 'delicately defined' vie soffits, which also house AC, electrical and plumbing ducts.
The house was design | built by PAA studio and earned awards and numerous publications all over the globe.