Laurel Hills Residence

Project Desciption

Comprising three pavilions connected by glass hallways, this single-story Los Angeles residence forms a serene oasis. The Western Red Cedar-lined guest house/garage pavilion sets a datum line that links the larger living and sleeping pavilions, featuring oversized charcoal-colored board, batten extira, and cement board siding. A deep overhang counters solar heat and shields from sun exposure. A concrete paver walkway, edged by wild grasses, leads to the entrance, passing a tranquil olive tree courtyard.

The glass hallway entryway connects the west-facing living pavilion and the east-facing sleeping pavilion, establishing an intimate scale before accessing other areas. Seamless flow among the kitchen, breakfast room, and family room, designed for uninterrupted entertainment, creates a translucent and lightweight harmony. A key project aim was to deeply engage the living experience with the property’s natural landscape, achieved through large windows, skylights, and pocketing doors that conjure layered scenes and infuse the home with light, which dances on wooden floors and marble countertops.

Beyond, the 40-foot-long pool and abundant space yield a series of outdoor entertaining zones. A minimalist palette of charcoal panels and Western Red Cedar functions as a neutral backdrop, harmonizing with the home’s California-native landscape. The spacious living volume accommodates over fifty solar panels, enabling sustainable autonomy from the city power grid.




“It’s easy to lose track of where the house ends and the yard begins”

–  The New York Times


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“Near Laurel Canyon, a shimmering ode to Southern California Modernism”

–  Surface

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“A home that brings the California dream of indoor-outdoor living to vibrant life. The seamless transition is a signature of the firm’s work. ”

–  CA Home + Design



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“Inspired by modern legends”

–  Häuser





Location: Studio City, California

Size: 4,900 sf

Design Team: David Thompson (Principal-in-Charge), Gregory Marin (Project Manager), Raul Aguilera (Project Architect), Can Jiang

Interior Design: Susan Mitnick Design

Landscape Design: Fiore Landscape Design

Photography: Matthew Millman


2022 Society of American Registered Architects, Merit Award

2021 AIA|LA, Residential Architecture Awards, Single Family Residential – Medium | Citation Award

2021 Architizer A+Awards, Residential Interiors > 3000 sq ft, Finalist

2021 Built Design Awards, Architectural Design – Residential, Winner

2020 Architecture Masterprize, Residential Architecture – Single Family, Honorable Mention

2020 DNA Paris Design Awards, Architecture/Housing, Winner

2020 Gold Nugget Awards, Best Custom Home 4,000 – 6,000 SF, Merit Award

2020 Gray Awards, Architecture Residential, Finalist

2020 International Design Awards, Architecture Category: House, Silver Award

2020 Los Angeles Business Council Architectural Awards, Winner, Housing, Single-Family Category

2020 Luxe RED Awards, Reader’s Choice Contemporary/Modern Architecture, Winner

2019 Southern California Development Forum, Single Family Residential, Merit Award