Toyopa Residence

Located in the quaint development known as the Huntington in Pacific Palisades, CA, the Toyopa Residence has been designed as a sustainable modern abstraction of the traditional house.

Surrounded by stately residences of varying historic styles, the design responds to the traditional notion of a house with a simple and elegant composition of forms. The genesis of the idea was sparked as a direct response to the guidelines set forth by the local Homeowner’s Association that requires 75% of the roof to be sloped. The solution employs an extrusion of the iconic house form for the two primary volumes. The materiality of these volumes attempts to blur the boundary between roof and wall by skinning the two surfaces in the same wood shingle. This has allowed the purity of the volume to be expressed rather as opposed to maintaining a typical distinction between the two distinct surfaces.

The free-flowing plan of the two-story structure accommodates a modern lifestyle while allowing seamless integration between the indoor and outdoor environments, encouraging year round outdoor living.

Operable windows and large expanses of sliding doors take advantage of the prevailing breezes and eliminate the need for a traditional HVAC system. The skylights system creates solar chimneys that assist in allowing the hot air to escape, cooling down the building. The use of radiant heating and thermal mass floor assemblies throughout the residence and eliminates the need for a traditional heating system, thereby utilizing an efficient method of heating.

Location: Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles

Size: 5,955 sf

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