R&R House

Positioned at the apex of a primary hillside in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles, the home was conceived to both maximize exposure to adjacent and distant landscapes, while also maintaining the privacy of the family. The site’s topography played a crucial role in shaping the interconnected orthogonal geometry of the building, a deliberate design choice that not only maximizes the use of space but also offers an elevated perspective of the surroundings. The strategic placement of the residence takes full advantage of the panoramic views that stretch across the Silver Lake reservoir and extend to the majestic San Gabriel Mountains. This elevated position not only captures the essence of the Southern Californian landscape but also establishes a visual dialogue between the architecture and the natural beauty that envelopes it.

The interior layout of the home prioritizes functionality within an open and fluid plan. The ground floor seamlessly integrates living spaces, an office, and a wine cellar, each opening onto landscape terraces and balconies. This strategic arrangement not only enhances the flow between indoor and outdoor spaces but also encourages a harmonious interaction with nature. The second floor, dedicated to bedrooms, opens up to a roof deck and a pool terrace, providing an oasis of relaxation with unparalleled views. This floor’s panoramic windows not only flood the interiors with natural light but also establish a constant visual connection to the captivating landscape beyond.

In crafting the home, a careful consideration of materials and environmental impact took center stage. The exterior boasts a harmonious blend of smooth plaster and cement board siding clad interlocking forms, simultaneously mapping and confounding the visual clarity. The incorporation of photovoltaic panels and solar hot water systems reflects a commitment to sustainable living, harnessing the abundant Californian sunlight to power the home. Internally, the warmth of walnut floors and cabinets invites a sense of comfort, while the generous spaces and strategic use of natural light contribute to an energy-efficient and environmentally conscious living environment. The conscientious selection of materials not only enhances the aesthetics but also ensures that the home is a model of sustainable luxury.

Project Team: Aaron Neubert (Principal), Jeremy Limsenben, Jina Seo / Structural Engineer: Craig Phillips Engineering / Surveyor: TDR Engineering / Millwork: Taus Fine Woodworking