Sunset Plaza Residence

Located above the Sunset Strip in the Hollywood Hills of Los Angeles, Sunset Plaza Residence opens up to the surrounding landscape allowing the project to utilize all of the relatively flat site, unique to the hills. The design has been primarily driven by the motivation to extend the precedent established by the modern architecture of Rudolph Schindler, Richard Neutra and Carl Maston found in the area.

The clients asked for an indoor-outdoor experience, addressing the dramatic views from inside out while still regulating the views from outside in. The site is designed as a series of outdoor spaces that interlock with the ground floor spaces of the house, expanding the living space at ground level.

Set on a rare, flat parcel of land in this slope site, the house plan features simple geometric forms with a horizontal, low-profile silhouette, receiving subtle shifts and breaks in response to the program. The upward inflection of the roof plane expands the view framed by the house facing south and west, while vectors pivot around the service core of the residence emphasizing its sight.

Outside, a saline infinity pool with spa and cabana highlights landscaped gardens, offering a vantage point of 180-degree views of the Los Angeles basin. Gleaming white terrazzo floors and walls of glass unify the interior and exterior while simple forms and warm material palette evoke a clean modernist approach.

Location: Hollywood, Los Angeles, California

Size: 5,650 sf

Design Team: David Thompson (Principal-in-Charge), Jeremy Stoddart, Brooks Dunn, Kevin Southerland

Landscape: Johnny Appleseed

Photography: Michael Weschler

Awards: Golden Nugget Award, Merit Award, Best Custom Home (2010); Builder’s Choice Award, Grand Award (2009)