Hollywood Beauty MU77 by Arshia

USA Private Residence [ 5000 sq ft ]

The house on the cusp of a fold in the Hollywood Hills identifies the differential complexity of the steep hillside as its functi0onal and formal generator. The stark, rigid appearance enters a dialogue with the landscape, defining itself as a real object through the process of alienation its context. This alienation is at the same time natural in the way a rock formation identifies itself through the process of unearthing. A matrix of complex parameters was identifies early in the process of design as the programmatic needs, budgetary requirements, code regulations, environmental constraints and formal aspirations gradually came to being. These parameters superimposed forces on the raw massing of the project that developed the finale form through an evolutionary iterative process. Programmatically, the 5,000 SF building is split into two main levels, horizontally organized along a shifted east-west axis. The restrictions imposed by the planning and building regulations provided strenuous challenges to the site planning  of the project as it pushed the building downhill, over the ridge. This coupled with height and view shed restrictions, provided for a narrow and steeped profile for the building, particularly on the entry facade.

Design Collaboration: Axel Schmitzberger Team:Miguel Gonzales Brittany De Paul Spencer Brennan Felix Monasakanian Structural Engineer:Amir Pirbadian Civil Engineer:Joy Civil Engineering General Contractor: