Angular terrace tops Clive Wilkinson’s self-designed Los Angeles home

Los Angeles architect Clive Wilkinson has designed his own family home atop a hilly site to draw cues from nearby modern dwellings that resemble “spaceships on stilts”. Located in West Los Angeles, the property is the home of Wilkinson, his wife, and three children. “Wilkinson had always yearned for the slightly surreal opportunity of designing […]

Echo House by Aaron Neubert Architects steps down slope in Los Angeles

Sliding glass walls front the living area of this Los Angeles house by US firm Aaron Neubert Architects and open onto a terrace designed to make the most of the surrounding views. Echo House is located in Elysian Fields, a neighbourhood north of Downtown Los Angeles built on hilly terrain. Working with a tight site, Aaron […]

Bridge House by architect Dan Brunn straddles natural stream in Los Angeles

For his own residence, California architect Dan Brunn has designed a long, slender home that stretches over a brook on a wooded property in Los Angeles. The Bridge House is located on a one-third acre property in the city’s Brookside neighbourhood, which dates to the 1920s. Architect Dan Brunn, who leads an eponymous LA studio, […]

FAR adds studio with corrugated plastic door to artist’s Los Angeles residence

This artist’s studio, which architecture firm FAR has added to a Los Angeles house, includes a large polycarbonate door that folds in half and a rooftop covered in blue tiles. The Mount Washington Studio was designed for Los Angeles artist Kim Schoen to accompany her home nestled into a steeply sloped site in Mount Washington. […]

Koto and Abodu launch tiny prefab ADUs for San Francisco Bay Area

Prefabricated housing company Koto has designed a cabin-like ADU, or Accessory Dwelling Unit, that can be delivered to sites in San Jose, California in two weeks. Koto, a British startup that designs and manufactures modular, prefabricated cabins, teamed up with American homebuilder Abodu to bring the latest version of its pared-back, tiny homes to the […]

Field Architecture designs Pinon Ranch to embrace pastoral setting in California

Gabled volumes wrapped in wood and glass form this residence in northern California, which US studio Field Architecture designed to ensure that no trees had to be removed from the site. The Pinon Ranch home is located in Portola Valley, a town just south of San Francisco with a ranching history. The dwelling is nestled […]

Spanish Colonial house in Los Angeles receives major update by Síol Studios

California firm Síol Studios has maintained the historical character of a 1920s dwelling while adding contemporary elements, including an eclectic array of furnishings and artwork. Encompassing 1,848 square feet (172 square metres), the Genesee project was designed for Sonya Yu and Zack Lara, a San Francisco couple with two children. They desired a second home […]

Feldman Architecture integrates The Sanctuary house into lush Silicon Valley site

Rooms are organised around gardens and courtyards in this northern California dwelling, which Feldman Architecture has lifted above the ground in order to protect tree roots. Located within walking distance of downtown Palo Alto, The Sanctuary house was designed for recent empty-nesters who are eyeing retirement. When searching for a property on which to build their […]

Carla House by Walker Workshop stretches across ridge in Beverly Hills

Rotated wings connected by a central volume make up this hilltop mansion by Los Angeles studio Walker Workshop, which features a cinema, an infinity pool and a spacious “party deck”. Rising three storeys, the Carla House sits atop a secluded ridge overlooking LA’s hilly terrain and distant mountains. The iconic Hollywood sign is visible from […]

Jennifer Robin balances elegance and exuberance in San Francisco apartment

Californian studio Jennifer Robin Interiors has used colour, texture and custom pieces to create a comfy urban apartment for clients who formerly lived in Napa Valley. The San Francisco dwelling was designed for a retired couple who were transitioning to city life after residing in a single-family home in California‘s wine country. The lifestyle change […]

Ryan Leidner adds minimal extension to San Francisco saloon building

Californian architect Ryan Leidner has renovated and extended a residence in San Francisco‘s Mission district, updating the existing 19-century structure and building a minimal home at the back. The Harrison Street House was originally built in 1888, and served as a saloon and residence for the owner upstairs. The property saw several uses in the […]

Tree House by Aidlin Darling engages with wooded site in Silicon Valley

Interlocking volumes clad in zinc, cedar, stucco and glass form this family dwelling in northern California by US studio Aidlin Darling Design. Encompassing 5,870 square feet (545 square metres square metres), the Tree House is situated on a slender property in a dense, suburban neighbourhood in Silicon Valley‘s Palo Alto. San Francisco-based Aidlin Darling Design […]

Calistoga Residence in Napa Valley draws on local barns and farmhouses

American firms Wade Design Architects and Geremia Design took cues from “modern farmhouse architecture” to create a wood-clad home in northern California‘s wine country for a retiring couple. Located in the Napa Valley town of Calistoga, the home is situated on a property surrounded by vineyards and mountains. The residence consists of a main dwelling, […]

Cedar and glass wrap Dolores Heights Residence in San Francisco by John Maniscalco

This multi-level dwelling by Californian firm John Maniscalco Architecture rises high above a San Francisco street, enabling the homeowners to enjoy ample natural light and expansive views. Photograph by Blake Marvin The Dolores Heights Residence occupies a sloped, corner lot in an urban neighbourhood. Local studio John Maniscalco Architecture (jmA) designed the home to capture […]

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