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Smith Residence

Located on a winding uphill road in the Bel Air area of the Santa Monica Mountains, the Smith Residence is an under-construction, three-story home extended over the majority of a 50,000 SF canyon-side lot. Rectilinearly composed with a curved, monolithic street-facing façade, the rear of the home opens out to a patio and pool overlooking the valleys below through to the LA cityscape and Pacific Ocean.

Our involvement with the project began in March 2018 when the client approached us to redesign the home, which at the time was under construction utilizing another architect’s plans. Given the directive to maximize the buildable area of the lot, we added approximately 2,000 SF to the residence, notably through the inclusion of a new penthouse level and a horizontal extension on both sides. Now 7,200 SF, the home has three levels, an outdoor deck and pool.

Functionally organized, the open interior space is facilitated by a set of stairs and an elevator. The lower level opens out to the outdoor deck and pool and holds guest quarters, a den, service areas, and garage, while the main level includes a master suite, family room and kitchen; a third penthouse level has office and gym space, as well as an outdoor roof deck. Interior finishes include white oak and walnut, marble and anodized aluminum casework.

A key component of our redesign is the screen system of the street-facing façade. Similar to our Ziering and Double Stick homes, the streamlined exterior creates a singular effect integrated with the upward slope of the street. Made out of corrugated dark bronze aluminum panels, the final look will be comparable to our recently completed Line Lofts in Hollywood. A large entry sequence serves as a transition space from street to home, a welcoming yet formal gesture that balances the impenetrable, fortress-like qualities of the outer aesthetic with the open and accessible wood and window interior.