The primary architectural strategy was to invert the continuous inside-outside relationship of Los Angeles Architecture Lore – typified by the sweeping, dematerialized walls of Richard Neutra – into a closely choreographed set of relationships between interior and exterior through carefully modulated windows, placed alongside art (as windows unto themselves), which simulates, augments, and mediates the effect of this indoor- outdoor relationship while simultaneously providing privacy in a dense neighborhood. The house is built on a submerged rock out-cropping, placing the main floor of the house directly at the level of the surrounding tree canopies and the upper level overlooking the neighborhood canopy to the city beyond.
But the proximity of the neighboring houses made large openings problematic. Instead, analogous to Dutch theories of “dry” design, diagrammatic form and materiality were used to segment the life of the home into discrete ‘performative boxes’ casually riddled with windows. Openings were placed to orchestrate a series of vistas between the interior landscape of the home and specific trees in the neighborhood. The windows help create a ‘telescopic effect’ whereby the occupant feels an active connection with the trees aligned beyond. Liquid Ambers in particular are populous in the neighborhood and several windows are dedicated to framing these trees and their foliage transformation throughout the year. via