The Big Picture: With a gallery-worthy view of the Santa Monica Bay, the Glenhaven Residence was designed to showcase the majesty of the outside world. Bright white interior spaces are punctuated with dark exterior materials to mimic a framed work of art, with nature and the bustling city below as the subject. The owners are empty-nesters who were ready for a downsized home that defined the more mature pace of their current lifestyle. No longer in need of massive spaces and countless rooms, the couple bought a classic and relatively small ranch-style house with a glamorous view of Los Angeles.
The existing structure was stripped down to the studs so it could be rebuilt with crisp lines and modern figurations. From the front entrance to the back patio, the structure acts as a portal that encourages views of the striking scenery from every room. Quite literally, one can see the ocean on the other side of the home all the way from the glass front door. Even intimate spaces, such as the master bathroom, are invited to enjoy the view with an extra-large window that overlooks the pool area. Clever details make this functional; the glass becomes opaque when the bathroom lights are on to ensure privacy.
Inside, an open kitchen overlooks a dining area and living room. This layout encourages harmonious transitions for the social couple. An open and fluid layout makes the smaller space feel more voluminous, finished with minimal and cool-toned neutrals. In addition to the master suite, guest bedroom, living room, kitchen, and dining area, a home office for two is situated at the main entrance.
The back of the home opens up both visually and physically to create an indoor/outdoor environment where the owners can enjoy the Southern California weather year-round. Interior space and material extend onto the patio under a cantilevered overhang that shelters an outdoor living area. On the patio, an infinity pool is accompanied by a comfortable outdoor bed overlooking the Pacific Ocean. To maintain unobstructed views looking out from the home, the patio is left without any railings. Instead, a low profile fire pit acts as a safety guard. The landscaping consists of shorter succulents to assist in keeping an open view. Exterior materials were selected for their desired low maintenance; Trespa, Swiss Pearl, and metal siding wrap the facade and create a refined, simple, modern look.
CityLos Angeles, CA
ClientWish to remain anonymous
Gross Floor Area (mq)287
Design teamJessica Voigt
Main ContractorJohn Stone of Stone Construction Company
Photo CreditsJim Bartsch
The architectural work of Abramson Teiger Architects is both viscerally and pragmatically derived. The coexistence of emotion and utility is the bedrock of our firm, giving way to designs that richly inspire and engage the end user. We are committed to a practice that evokes the essence of human balance by exploring many dimensions of architectural thought. We believe in form and in function, in leveraging old schools of thought with boldness of new. We are rooted in intuitive human centricity but push the boundaries of outward possibility. Our 23-person team works on a myriad of projects, from workplaces, schools and places of worship to custom primary and secondary residences—each addressing the explicit and unspoken needs of the project while maintaining common denominators, such as abundant natural light, sweeping views and open floor plans. We strive to create architecture that instantly and permanently elevates and inspires a meaningful, soulful human experience.