This Secluded SoCal Residence Makes a Grand Statement on a Sloping Site

Known as the Bridge Residence, this private home embraces a steep site to optimize privacy, solar orientation, and uninterrupted views of the surrounding vistas.

The grounds contain large, open areas for gathering and entertaining, surrounded by a grove of live oak trees for privacy and seclusion.

Belzberg Architects designed this Los Angeles home for two empty-nest retirees who sought a home suitable for their everyday lives that could also entertain large gatherings of friends and family. The 11,900-square-foot, three-story home achieves these goals with large open areas and indoor/outdoor connections on all levels. 

The exterior form optimizes views, framing vistas of the surroundings. The metal frames twist and taper, providing passive solar control for interior spaces and outdoor patios.

The exterior form optimizes views, framing vistas of the surroundings. The metal frames twist and taper, providing passive solar control for interior spaces and outdoor patios.

Photo by Bruce Damonte

The Santa Monica–based firm devised the limestone-, metal-, and glass-clad dwelling for a challenging, sloping site in Los Angeles, California. The architects turned the challenge into “an opportunity to evoke quiet seclusion while creating a grand statement.”

The juxtaposition of open and closed volumes optimizes privacy, views of the landscape, and solar orientation along the sloping site.

The juxtaposition of open and closed volumes optimizes privacy, views of the landscape, and solar orientation along the sloping site.

Photo by Bruce Damonte

This opaque facade of dry-stacked, brush-hammered Hera limestone faces the neighbors uphill, providing privacy for the occupants.

This opaque facade of dry-stacked, brush-hammered Hera limestone faces the neighbors uphill, providing privacy for the occupants.

Photo by Bruce Damonte

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