Los Angeles, CA
This was the first substantial project undertaken by McClean Design in Los Angeles. Set on a 13,357-square-foot lot in the Bird Streets area of the city, a neighborhood often associated with musicians and movie stars. Unusually, this house is bisected by a pool and water feature in response to the client’s request for a seventy-five-foot-long pool, a constraint that the architect says he used to imagine the residence as a “canyon, deep and narrow with river running through it.” The pool begins with a water wall near the entry and ends with an “infinity drop-off to the city lights beyond” at the opposite side of the site above Sunset Strip. Full height glazing allows residents to take in the view and emphasizes the indoor-outdoor design which takes full advantage of the local climate. The pool also bisects the functions of the house, with the private spaces, including the master bedroom and a study, on one side and the public ones on the other. The entry bridge spans the pool and connects the two wings. A clerestory window marks the main stair, which descends to a secondary bridge over the pool that connects the lower level garage to the guest rooms and media area. There are three guest rooms on the lower level. These bedrooms have openings to the rear garden and the pool. The lower level also has an outdoor terrace and lounging area. The plan for the 7,000-square-foot residence was the result of close collaboration with the original client. The house was sold and extensively remodeled by McClean Design in 2016 at the request of the new owner, Tim Bergling, known under the stage name Avicii. The remodeling included the addition of a recording studio and accessory spaces on the lower level, created by reclaiming part of the existing four-car garage. The reworking of the house also included extensive changes to the finishes. The overall design can be described as crisp and comfortable, with clearly defined edges and surfaces. The material palette includes Negro Marquina marble and Alcazar Portico slate on exterior walls; the same marble was used on interior walls. Floors are in oak plank and Super Thassos (white glass). The house is shielded from the street by dense vegetation, assuring the privacy of the owner.