Situated in the hills of Rustic Canyon, the Haldeman Residence is a treehouse on the hilltop; respecting and responding to the site by its subdued verticality and emphasized horizontality.
Originally built in 1923, remodelled in 1937 by Richard Neutra and again remodelled in 1993, the disjointed nature of the Post-Modern house needed to be tamed and the volumes unified.
The entire home, interior and exterior, is wrapped in western red cedar planks. The indoor-outdoor application of the material creates a seamless integration of the home into the landscape. Where it had previously felt like a castle on top of the hill, the home now emerges organically from the ground itself. Brick, cork, ebonized oak and black metal round out the palette, contrasting and complimenting the cedar:
The primary suite sits high above the dense foliage and treetops of the serene canyon neighbourhood. Floor to ceiling windows provide Pacific Ocean views, while the primary bath features a full-height sliding door with a starfire glass interior railing. When open, the bathroom gives the impression as if precariously hanging on the edge of a cliff. The entire suite feels both private and expansive; an otherworldly “getaway” while also providing the most intimate comforts of life.
Nestled into the canyon, the slop of the hill runs perpendicular to the siting of the house.
An infinity pool at the rear yard overlooks the canyon and beyond, reaching to the distant horizon. Terraces and porches visually extend interior spaces into the landscape.
Location: Pacific Palisades, California
Size: 7,225 sf
Design Team: David Thompson (Principal-in-Charge), Mitchell Streichhirsch, Ralul Aguilera, Can Jiang
Interior Design: Jamie Bush + Co
Landscape: Chris Sosa
Construction: Ceci Clarke