This residence is simultaneously an amplifier and receiver of its site. The site is high above Topanga Canyon Boulevard. Broad views of the valley below are combined with flame resistant materials of the exterior, some of which are used from on site sources. The house is delicately carved into the hillside, rock faces on 3 sides. The master bedroom breaks free from gravity and cantilevers into the air of the creek valley. A window in the bedroom descends to become the guardrail, bringing the inhabitant even closer to floating in air...


Building type: Residence
Project 2012
3,900 square feet
Topanga California
Primary components: 
Steel Frame, Fleetwood window SIP wall panels, 30% fly ash concrete polished floors, site quarried stone walls, flamed cedar siding, corten window boxes, grey water recycling, native plantings