Linda Flora Residence / Shubin+Donaldson Architects

© Mike Amaya

This 26,800 sqf home, designed by Shubin+Donaldson Architects, not only merges with its remarkable environment, but virtually disappears. Except for a few deft lines and angles – such as the ordered rows of the surrounding vineyard – there is very little perceivable ‘built’ presence. The entrance is marked by a single low wall, delicately cut into the land while sheltering a stairway that immediately begins the descent into the home.

Project description, images, and drawings after the break.
Architect: Shubin+Donaldson Architects
Location: , California, USA
Partners in Charge: Russell Shubin and Robin Donaldson
Project Designer: Bradford Kelley
Project Area: 26,800 sqf
Project Year: In development
Renderings: Mike Amaya

© Mike Amaya

Located on a natural bluff atop Moraga Canyon in Los Angeles, the east-west promontory offers uninterrupted views to the north and south while overlooking the Getty Center to the West. Overlooking the vineyard terraces, floor-to-ceiling windows open onto an infinity-edged pool, which skims the edge of the terrace merging with the distant horizon. Portions of the house take on the abstract character of the adjacent landscape becoming an architectonic extension of the natural topography.

© Mike Amaya

A concrete structure with planted roofs, this four-bedroom home is organized around a large central sunken living space, balancing the functional aspects as well as the phenomenon of living within the earth.

© Mike Amaya
Cite: Henry, Christopher. "Linda Flora Residence / Shubin+Donaldson Architects" 09 Mar 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 30 May 2015. <>
  • SPUD

    26,800 sf?!?! huh? i thought it was a typo after reading it was only 4 bedroom, but then looking at the plan everything is out of proportion relatively. normal looking dining room then BAM, look at the sunken living room, looks to be the size of a basketball court.

    very very strange layout…