Tree Top Residence / Belzberg Architects

Tree Top Residence / Belzberg Architects

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Houses  · 
Los Angeles, United States
  • Project Contributors

    Brock DeSmit, Chris Arntzen, Glenn Ginter, Andrew Kim, Ashley Coon
  • Landscape Architects

    Pamela Burton & Company Landscape Architecture
  • Interior Design/Decor

    Curated, Inc.
  • Soils Engineer

    Grover Hollingsworth & Associates, Inc.

  • Civil Engineer

    Fuscoe Engineering, Inc.

  • Structural Consultant

    Thornton Tomasetti
  • M/E/P Consultant

    South Coast Engineering
  • Specifications


  • Surveyor

    Northlake Surveying
  • Expeditor

    Kimberlina Whettam & Associates
  • Project Management

    Planning Partners Limited
  • General Contractor

    Winters Schram Associates
  • Special Fabrication

    Spectrum Oak (Stairs), Funtime Cabinet Factory (Millwork), Fusion Flooring (Kitchen Stair and wood flooring)
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Site Plan
Site Plan

Text description provided by the architects. The Tree Top Residence celebrates the site’s complex landscape, merging seamlessly and emerging from atop the canopy of trees that surround it. Built along a natural ridgeline, the long and narrow plan of the three-story house mimics and inverts the angles of the site’s topography, creating dynamic vertical and horizontal relationships.

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Vertically, an eccentrically-helical stair functions as a primary organizing element and a sculptural gesture upon entry into the house. On the ground floor, it acts as a threshold into the open plan; on the floor above, it separates the master suite and children’s quarter, while providing a light well to the basement. Horizontally, walls are used sparingly in favor of fluidly connected spaces. Movement and views between dining areas, kitchen, play and gathering spaces are uninterrupted, and floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors blend the interior with the outside.

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Hidden from the street, the residence is insulated from its neighbors, but open to its site. Canted limestone louvers, and dense planting on the north facade shield the interior from the closest adjacent neighbor. Conversely, the rest of the building opens to the site with floor-to-ceiling glazing, relying on both the house’s generous distance from the property line, and the densely wooded valley below to create a natural screen. The orchestration of this view, overlooking a dense canopy of trees, embodies the intent to offer respite from the city below. 

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Cite: "Tree Top Residence / Belzberg Architects" 30 Aug 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884
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