Oakdell Residence

Nestled in the hills of the Fryman Canyon Estates area in Studio City, California, the Oakdell Residence is a remodel and an addition to an existing 1960’s mid-century home.

A meandering path of concrete panels, set amidst the landscaping and decomposed granite, leads to the entry foyer of the house, comprised of a frameless glass wall with floatable four windows. The floor-to-ceiling windows and sliding glass doors on either side give the residence a sense of transparency, bringing in ample light and extending the living area into the surrounding landscape.

The living areas, dining, and the kitchen are visually connected by zig-zag-sliding doors that open to the garden featuring a pool, shaded by broad roof overhangs that mitigate sun exposure at the full-height window walls. The family room, adjacent to the kitchen, is dropped down a few steps, thereby separated yet seamlessly connected with the rest of the main floor.

A minimalist palette of stone, hardwood floor, and while plaster echo the qualities of the existing home while the thin roof plane keeps with the mid-century horizontal sensibility.

Project Description


Location: Studio City, California

Size: 5,755 sf

Design Team: David Thompson (Principal-in-Charge), Gregory Marin

Landscape: Fiore Landscape


2017 AIA|LA Residential Architecture Awards, Honor Award

2017 Gold Nugget Award, Best Renovated or Restored Home

2017 Los Angeles Business Council Architecture Awards, Housing Award

2017 Southern California Development Forum Awards, Single Family Residential Award