Above: A dramatic view of the arrival sequence up a curving board-formed concrete wall to the home’s front door. A cantilevered living and dining pavilion perches above the oval motor court.

At Left: A minimalist material palette of glass, white plaster, wood, and steel (uniquely finished in automotive paint) frames the panoramic view from the cantilevered living and dining room.

Above: Sliding glass doors allow the lounge and kitchen to open completely on either side. Beyond the fence in the distance is a stunning view of the entire Los Angeles Basin.

At Left: Sliding louvered panels on the upper level provide sun control and privacy for the master suite and other bedrooms.

At Right: A skylight beautifully illuminates the second of two staircases. The three-story stairway frame is constructed from bent steel with bleached oak (?) wood treads.

At Left: A stunning serpentine green wall runs along the driveway down into the motor court. The living art installation is planted with a dozen different varieties of succulents.

At Right: A plaster-clad spiral staircase in the entry is a sculptural counterpoint to the bold, linear geometry of the home.

At Left: The lower level garden features a pool, spa and a seating area with fire pit. The theme of anchoring and bridging is evident in the outdoor spaces as well, terracing into the landscape.

At Right: Bleached oakcabinetry clads the entertainment wall in the lounge under a ceiling made of bleached black locustsiding.

Below: The fire pit seating area and spa overlook the city lights below.

At Right: A model of the Balance Hill Residence shows how the home is nestled into the hillside property; the natural contours of the land very much influenced the siting of the building.

Project Details

Project

Balance Hill

Location

Los Angeles, CA

Status

Complete

KAA Services

Architecture

Landscape Architecture

Landscape Architecture

Robert Truskowski

Interior Design

Antonia Hutt & Associates

Lighting Design

KGM Architectural Lighting

Contractor

Richard Holz, Inc

Photography

Manolo Langis

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