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Caverhill Residence / SPF Architects

  • 01:00 - 18 January, 2010
Caverhill Residence / SPF Architects
Caverhill Residence / SPF Architects, © John E. Linden
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Los Angeles, CA, United States
  • Architects

    Studio Pali Fekete architects
  • Project Team

    Zoltan Pali, FAIA, Judit Fekete, Siddhartha Majumdar, Brian Di Maggio, Mark Meyer, Matt Lunn, Yvonne Wong, Gregory Fischer, Richard McNamara
  • Structural Engineer

    John Labib and Associates
  • Landscape Architect

    Korn Randloph Landscape Architects
  • Contractor

    William Kent Development Inc.
  • Area

    418.0 sqm
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

From the architect. With a long, narrow span of angled “fins” lining its sleek façade from the street, the Caverhill house looks monumental, albeit a stealth monument. Entering beneath the canopy of the carport, one is transported into the main living space, is full of air and light. The fins provide privacy from the street, while playfully welcoming and diffusing narrow strips of light onto the home’s interior surfaces. The result is a beautiful dance of sunshine that changes throughout the day.

The home replaced a smaller house on the difficult hillside lot, maximizing both the narrow footprint and the spectacular views of the Los Angeles basin. A hillside building ordinance and a desire to keep the previous structure's footprint made the project a challenge – the lot is more of a wedge shape than a parallelogram. As a result, the plan is a modified wedge, one end of the house almost twice as wide as the other.

The main entrance is on the second of three levels, where the living room flows openly into the kitchen and dining area. These communal spaces and the bedrooms on the upper level are punctuated on each end by over 1,000 square feet of generous covered terraces and balconies. Each cove is protected from the sun and wind but still open to views.

Simplicity was the goal of both the architect and the client. Steel framing allowed for a fully-open plan, free from interior walls or vertical supports obstructing the views. The result is a clean viewing angle of the exterior from almost any spot in the house. All of the house controls -- heating, cooling, lighting, window shades, security and more -- are contained within a control panel near the front door. Ductwork was eliminated by the use of an Airfloor System, which heats or cools rooms through a series of dome-like structures beneath the micro-finished concrete floor surface.

The upper level can be accessed either through the interior stair, or through exterior staircases located on either end of the house, incorporating the terraces into the main circulation flow of the home. Bathroom vanities float above the floor, the electrical outlets tucked below, out of sight.

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"In Japanese painting you have one brush stroke that gets branch, leaves and flowers," says owner, Don Caverhill. "That's what we were hoping for -- to have less things do a whole lot more."

The lowest level of the house, set on the slope below street level, contains two guest rooms, a lawn and a patio with a long fire pit running toward an infinity pool.

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frank · January 21, 2010

The front facade is very nice, even though the folding plane syntax is becoming quite exhausted (the slit on the right is a confirmation of this). Agreed with above - the back facade is a bit of a mess. I think the problem is the front just doesn't translate well into a 3-story back..

Sienna · January 20, 2010

I believe the architect's facebook site has additional interior photographs-
I am not how I feel about architecture firms having facebook sites- extending their footprint into the social media landscape while risking a loss of gravitas and rigor?

WPstudios · January 20, 2010

RT @nicholaspatten I&#39d Live Here: Caverhill Residence.

Nicholas Patten · January 20, 2010

I&#39d Live Here: Caverhill Residence.

phishfood · January 20, 2010

If only the street scape fins opened, that would be something and create an interesting dynamic to the house. Also agree with Sienna, lets max out the view from the back with walls of glass does take something away (at least in the photos).

I do like the house and will be seeking it out to drive by to see how it is in person.

Jason · January 20, 2010

I'd like to see some more photographs, especially of the interior, and especially of that West wall from the interior (by the way, I'm also glad that that IS, in fact, the west wall rather than the south as I had initially assumed... it's beautiful, but also justified on the west wall.) Would also like to see some more interior photographs of the stairs/railings, etc. Also would like to see a more complete set of drawings, but wanting to see more photos and drawings goes for most projects on archdaily... if not larger ones. All in all a beautiful home, great design. I agree with the poster who said the top storey should be treated differently on the back side of the house. I love the subtle kink that occurs in that top volume in plan as well. Beautiful designed, and beautifully built project.

Dana Miller · April 06, 2010 12:38 AM
Sienna · January 20, 2010

I really like the street facade. The other facade looks a bit commercial with unbroken storefront windows. I wish top floor of the 3 storey facade was treated differently; maybe with a screen element?

Trishawn Maphoussy, AIA · January 20, 2010 05:21 AM

Well said Sienna - and I like your name. I appreciate your constructive critical style, unlike some of the others on this site.. those who argue uninformed conclusions based on falsehoods and a poor grasp of construction materials and structural principles.

Kate · January 19, 2010

Typical Los Angeles architecture!
Looks good on magazines but has no substance!

jay · January 20, 2010 04:06 AM

Kate - As for lacking substance, you might start with the correct choice of prepositions: you can then move up to finding a clue.

Nick Allen · January 19, 2010

I love SPF architects RT @archdaily Caverhill Residence

Jeison · January 19, 2010

It makes me think of those 70´s decadent hotels...

thomas foral · January 19, 2010

Caverhill Residence / SPF Architects | ArchDaily -

Lee Calcanis · January 19, 2010

Good job. I take my dog for a walk in this neighborhood and in a sea of faux Tuscan and other Mediterranean monstrosities it is refreshing and rewarding to see a contemporary project. Kudos to the homeowner as well for seeking out modern architecture in a town where The Grove and the The Americana at Brand set the aesthetic mandate.

Raymond L. Brower · January 19, 2010

I am in awe- an exceptionally well executed modern home. Kudos to the design team!

ArchitecturePassion · January 19, 2010

Caverhill Residence / SPF Architects:
Architects: Studio Pali Fekete architects Location: Los Angeles, CA, USA..

Michael · January 19, 2010

how do you spell 'environmental footprint'?

Andrew Carnegie · January 19, 2010

Looks great!

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