Brentwood Residence / Belzberg Architects

© Fotoworks, Benny Chan

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.

Architect: Belzberg Architects
Location: Los Angeles, , USA
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
Project Area: 12,083 sqf
Project Year: 2007
Photographs: Art Gray Photography, Fotoworks, Benny Chan

© 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.

site plan

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.

© Fotoworks, Benny Chan
© Fotoworks, Benny Chan
© Fotoworks, Benny Chan
© Art Gray Photography
© Art Gray Photography
© Art Gray Photography
© Art Gray Photography

Structural Engineer: Rish Engineering
Mechanical Engineer: John Dorius & Associates, Inc.
Electrical Engineer: A&F Consulting Engineers
Plumbing Engineer: Tom Nasrollahi & Associates
General Contractor: Group F Builders
Interior Design: MLK Studio – Meg Joannides
Landscape Design: Knibb Design

Cite: "Brentwood Residence / Belzberg Architects" 15 Aug 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 30 May 2015. <>
  • Maria Rosario

    absolutelly gorgeous in all details!

    • ariana roberts

      really is