Surrounded by over one hundred and thirty protected oak trees, this modern glass and concrete house in Beverly Hills is perched on top of a woodland ridge and offers pristine canyon views without interrupting the natural landscape. Architects Walker Workshop elected to bury the construction into the hillside to achieve a minimalist, subtle home that appears much smaller than it is.
In an attempt to showcase the natural beauty of the surrounding area, only one storey of the house emerges from the landscape at first glance. The arrangement of rooms is unique, with shared spaces such as the dining and living rooms, as well as kitchen and car park all found on the upper level. The rooms are rotated slightly to take advantage of individual vistas and light conditions. The lower level is protected by a green-filled roof and is flooded with natural light from an internal courtyard that connects the private quarters. Four bedrooms, as well as an impressive wine cellar and entertainment rooms all benefit from geometric configurations that frame outlooks of the hillside.
This sleek concrete house in Beverly Hills benefits from the abundance of natural light that streams through the many well-positioned floor-to-ceiling windows. The light bounces around the interiors and reflects the house’s strong angular architecture, creating interesting shadows. The harmonious palette of walnut, limestone and marble offer a soothing respite from the warm California climate and complement the natural colours of the woodlands. The rooftop terraces and infinity pool are the perfect places to spend a slow weekend, shaded by ancient oak trees in a private paradise.
Photography by Joe Fletcher.Visit: Walker Workshop