how walker workshop framed an infinite horizon for a 20,000 sqft. house in beverly hills

how walker workshop framed an infinite horizon for a 20,000 sqft. house in beverly hills

 

1996 carla ridge house frames a dramatic view of los angeles

 

completed by architect noah walker and his team at walker workshop, the 1966 carla ridge house in beverly hills offers a dramatic and extensive view of los angeles to the east of this hilltop parcel. rather than spread a sprawling, twenty-thousand square foot house across the entirety of the lot, the architects envisioned the residence as layers stacked on top of itself in opposite directions. this type of layering aligns the upper residence into a pair of parallel dwellings, like rotated wings whose ends point outwards into the view while their longer earth-bound axes establish a horizontal visual frame.

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all images © mike kelley

 

the team at walker workshop placed the most lived-in parts of the project – the kitchen, dining room, and entrance –  in the main body of the house, between the parallel wings. this main body frames the landscape and horizon, creating a sense of infinite openness. ‘one isn’t merely standing in the kitchen, but standing in an unobstructed panoramic view of los angeles, dotted with unmistakably familiar landmarks: the rolling hills of los angeles, the iconic hollywood sign, the griffith observatory, and even the larger humbling angeles mountains not so far off in the distance’, share the architects. 

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the main design goal was to maximize the dramatic and extensive views of los angeles to the eastof the site

 

the overhanging jutted wings of the house can be reached by ascending heavily exposed concrete walls that capture the natural light cascading in through a skylight. even more, the movement of light throughout the day acts in concert with the raw surface of the concrete – illuminating the complimentary nature of opposing textures on display. the stairs leading to the upper parts are clad in oak, with a seamlessly embedded oak handrail. once at the top, it becomes apparent that both wings that feature large cantilevers hover over the hillside as companions.

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western red cedar siding accentuates the framing of the horizon in the 1966 carla ridge house

 

 

connecting within, and without

 

the lower section, the base of the home, is clad in western red cedar siding and provides a warm touch of unassuming balance to the overall magnitude of the home. the architects used the same wood to outline the different levels of the house – creating a pronounced dynamic that splices through the visual plain. meanwhile, the second story appears hoisted upwards through contrast while the basement remains harmoniously stationed and embedded within the ground. atop the center of the body is a connecting space – a 2,000 sqft bridge on which residents can walk across  to get from wing to wing, turn into a garden if they so choose, entertain, watch outdoor movies on a projector, or simply stargaze. 

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the western red cedar siding gives a warm touch to the character of the house

 

in the front yard, upon entry, a 4 ft reflecting pool encircles the front entrance while an 84 ft infinity-edge lap pool and deck occupy the back side of the house where the panoramic view can be enjoyed. this infinity pool also defines the edge of usable land the project occupies. 

how walker workshop framed an infinite horizon for a 20,000 sqft. house in beverly hills
the movement of light emphasizes the complimentary nature of opposing textures on display

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how walker workshop framed an infinite horizon for a 20,000 sqft. house in beverly hills
a dramatic contrast between the concrete wall and wooden staircase

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the house is designed as a stacking of layers in opposite directions

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the infinity pool defines the edge of usable land the project occupies

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top view of the project, emphasizing the wing-like jutted structure

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the residence sits on a hilltop parcel in beverly hills

 

 

 

project info:

name: 1966 carla ridge

area: 20,000 sqft

year: 2019

architecture: walker workshop

team: noah walker, will pyatt

location: beverly hills, california

photography: mike kelley

 

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edited by: lea zeitoun | designboom

 

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