The residence is located at the end of a cul-de-sac on a promontory elevated above legendary Mulholland Drive in Los Angeles. It was originally built in 1961 and the renovation and addition was to reflect the mid-century-style architecture o that time.
The pad area was enlarged by building retaining walls on all three sides of the garden area and thereby creating the space for a curved infinity pool that followed the contours of the topography and the water edge was designed purposely to blend in with the distant view of downtown. In order to create enough space for a pool, the existing living room was demolished; for not only did it offer limited openings to the garden, it certainly lacked any perspective of downtown. The newly design space allows the entire living room area to be open on three sides and thereby creating a seamless flow between the inside and outdoor.
A terrazzo finished was selected that further blends the two areas together and the same finish was used for the bathroom surfaces and countertops.
The building is layered in the use of materials including plaster, stone, terrazzo and large expanses of glass. Internally it is arranged as a series of redesigned individual open-plan spaces with a maximum of transparency to the outdoor surroundings.
Architects: Heusch Inc
Location: Los Angeles
Lead Architect: Gerhard Heusch
Landscape Architect: Madison Cox
Project Year: 2017
Photographs: Gerhard Heusch
Builder: Star Construction
Site area: 1,730 m2
Project Area: 550 m2
About Heusch Inc.
Heusch Inc. is a Los Angeles and Paris-based team of Architects and Designers founded by Gerhard Heusch in 1991.
Over the years Heusch Inc. has acquired extensive experience in new construction as well as renovation, restoration and adaptive reuse of existing structures. Heusch Inc.’s past projects have included an array of residential, commercial, hospitality and interior design assignments. Their work can be found throughout the United States, Europe, as well as Asia and South America.