This home began life some 60 years ago as a modest, typical Southern California ranch style home set on a Mandeville Canyon hilltop plateau. It originally had a front and back. Over time, it had grown in tiny, disjointed increments. The architect and the owners have been working—adding, subtracting, tweaking, transforming–elements of the inside and outside for the past 15 years.
Today the house is an object in the landscape with a 360 degree engagement of the landscape and view shed. Each move made opportunistically opens the house and garden to one another, always mining the sky and the landscape for natural light, view, and seamless indoor-outdoor living. It is experienced by multiple processions around-to-and-through the house, continuously engaging art, landscape, furnishing, planting, through a series of indoor and outdoor places.
It is about Southern California as a good life.
LA Beautification Award, Los Angeles Business Council, 1998
Los Angeles, CA
Cost & Scope
John Labib S.E., John Labib & Associates – Structural Engineer
Schick Geotechnical, Inc. – Soils Engineer
Robert F. Vairo Construction – General Contractor