The 3,200-square-foot residence, located in the Crestwood Hills neighborhood of Brentwood, California, is a postwar development of modest mid-century homes. It consists of a new two-story building integrated with the existing residence. The architecture builds upon the original intent of the pioneers of progressive development, such as A. Quincy Jones. Pragmatic aspects of the topography and more complex three-dimensional manipulations of form merge to respect but not mimic the site; however, various site conditions do inform the design. 


Los Angeles, CA


Single Family Residence


3,200 sq ft


Completed 2008


AIA LA Design Award


Hugh MacDonald


CM Peck, Structural

The residence is kept low, matching the scale of the neighboring homes along the street. The unusual geometry of the second-story volume results from existing conditions and setback regulations. Openings for views work with and against solid walls for shear and privacy, defining the building envelope. The project began with a modest home, typical of others in the neighborhood, built in the same period. The intervention of the contemporary addition results in a striking contrast through use of folded planes, metal panels, and forms and materials representative of the landscape.

A series of bent, steel moment frames noticeably straddle the existing one-story structure. Folded roof and wall planes, sheathed in interlocking metal panels, are an extension of the rolling topography of the hillside site. The wood-clad interior dissolves the distinctions between walls, ceiling, and floor. Views are framed by glass walls throughout, as the building projects outward to the city, the ocean, and the neighboring Getty Center in the distance.

© Tighe Architecture 2021

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