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CARLA LANE

Beverly Hills, CA

CARLA LANE

Beverly Hills, CA

This two-level Beverly Hills house is located on a 24,451-square-foot site in the Trousdale Estates neighborhood with a relatively small buildable area. The house was designed for prominent interior designer Lindsay Chambers. The architect states, “The restrictive codes that we have been working under, plus our client’s aspirations for more program and facilities, have moved us to use basements for the program and thus to look at different ways of transmitting light to the lower level.” An entry courtyard is screened from the street. The garage is located on the lower level and reached by a ramp. It has a large window facing a sunken courtyard that contains a large rectangular water feature. A transparent entry bridge crosses over this courtyard, leading to the living area in the direction of the rear outdoor infinity pool with views of Century City. The kitchen and family room open to the rear garden, while the dining room is contained in a glass area that bridges over the courtyard. The triangular upper level pool has a shallow shelf that wraps around the master bedroom, in Paul McClean’s words, “creating a feeling that this part of the house is floating on water.” A spa (gym and sauna) and fireplace are on the garage level, as are a bar and family lounge. Generous operable glazing gives the house a feeling of lightness and openness that is surely appropriate to the Los Angeles climate. In fact, seen from the garden side, the house appears to be made up of a narrow black roof plane sitting above the pool, with its walls largely made of glass, with only relatively thin black columns connecting the roof to the ground level. This is in direct contrast to the street side of the home, which is predominantly clad in limestone bricks, giving only fleeting glimpses to the interior through a bronze lattice screen. Furnishing and finishes are soft and modern, with an emphasis on the white to beige color range; outdoor areas readily penetrate inside spaces.

PROJECT DETAILS

Project Type:
New Single Family Residence
Location:Beverly Hills, CA
Approximate size:10,000 SF
Completion date:November 2018
Contractor:Craig Williams
Interior Designer:
Lindsay Chambers
Engineer:Parker-Resnick
Photographer:
Jim Bartsch