Rustic Canyon Residence
Wrapped entirely in western red cedar planks inside and out, the Rustic Canyon Residence exudes a treehouse-like ambiance. Originally constructed in 1923, with remodels in 1937 by Richard Neutra and 1993, the disjointed Post-Modern structure required cohesion and unity of volumes.
Set in the Santa Monica mountains, the home’s terraced layout harmonizes with the site through subtle verticality and pronounced horizontality. Western red cedar’s indoor-outdoor application seamlessly integrates the dwelling into the landscape, transforming its presence from a hilltop fortress to an organic emergence from the ground. A palette of brick, cork, ebonized oak, and black metal contrasts and complements the cedar.
Throughout, generous openings forge strong links to the surroundings. The open-plan kitchen and double-height living room connect to the deck, while the family room opens to the rear yard with an infinity pool and spa, extending toward the distant horizon. A custom-made fireplace with a Stan Bitters mural defines the living room and kitchen separation.
The upper floor houses primary living quarters and an office with Pacific Ocean and Santa Monica mountain views. The suite exudes privacy and expansiveness, offering an otherworldly “getaway” with intimate comforts. The basement, bathed in natural light, caters to entertainment and privacy with a theater, music room, and guest space.
Nestled in the canyon, the house aligns perpendicular to the hill slope. Terraces and porches visually expand indoor spaces into the landscape, while red cedar slabs provide privacy and shade to living and private areas.
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