Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Architecture Tour in LA - HOUSE II

Glass, steel, decks, and stairs.
This is the second in a series of photo essays on a recent home tour sponsored by the Los Angeles chapter of the American Institute of Architects. All of the homes are relentlessly modern, exquisitely detailed, and quintessentially LA.

HOUSE II - Brentwood Residence

Interior photos were not allowed at this home, designed by Cory Buckner Architects. It was another example of crisp detailing and dramatic siting. Perched on an impossibly steep hill with classic views from West Hollywood to Santa Monica Bay, this star was ready for its closeup. One quirky thing was immediately noticed: there are no handrails on any stairs inside or out. Building codes have very specific mandates about this sort of thing. Were the architect and owner such artistic purists that handrails were removed to prevent any interruptions in planes and space? Whatever the reason, the precarious ride was enjoyable.
A pool hovering above the site.

Interior stairs sans railing.

Exterior stairs sans railing.
The studio/guest house is downhill from the main floor.

Entry stairs (street above) and water feature.

All photos: MJK

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