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Brentwood Residence / Belzberg Architects

  • Architects: Belzberg Architects
  • Location: Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • Architect: Belzberg Architects
  • Project Team: Hagy Belzberg, Principal; Daniel Rentsch, Project Manager; David Cheung, Barry Gartin, Brock DeSmit, Justin Brechtel, Ryan Thomas, Eric Stimmel, Erik Sollom, Brad Lang
  • Interior Design: MLK Studio – Meg Joannides
  • Structural Engineer: Rish Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineer: John Dorius & Associates, Inc.
  • Electrical Engineer: A&F Consulting Engineers
  • Landscape Design: Knibb Design
  • Plumbing Engineer: Tom Nasrollahi & Associates
  • General Contractor: Group F Builders
  • Area: 12083.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2007
  • Photographs: Art Gray Photography

© Art Gray Photography © Art Gray Photography © Art Gray Photography © Art Gray Photography

From the architect. The Brentwood Residence is located on a large picturesque lot in the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains. Because the lot did not offer any immediate views from the buildable area of the property, the structures that comprise the project were designed to engage each other while focusing attention on the built and natural landscape within.

© Art Gray Photography
© Art Gray Photography

The lot features a large California Oak tree on the rear half of the site which serves as the focal point of the formal procession through the project. To counteract the formal setup of the site plan the spatial organization has been setup to challenge the established axis without eroding it. To achieve this, pathways have been intentionally designed to dissolve and reappear along the route. The line clearly divides the formal living area of the main house from the informal public spaces but it is counteracted by the complex interlocking geometry and asymmetrical volumes that make up the exterior.

© Art Gray Photography
© Art Gray Photography

As a homage to the palette of classic Mid-Century design, the house features a material composition of steel troweled plaster, gauged and stacked Pennsylvania Bluestone, and Mangaris wood siding.

© Art Gray Photography
© Art Gray Photography
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