March is the beginning of the 2011 AIA Home Tours, and as always, the featured architecture included incredible views, artwork, and use of materials. The most recent tour started in the hills of Santa Monica and ended on Nightingale Drive high above the Sunset Strip. Each home told its own story and was uniquely different from the next - the tour presented something for everyone…
House #1: Latimer Residence
Designer: Rick Leslie, AIA - Rick Leslie Architects
The Latimer Residence is a seven level, contemporary home in the hills of Santa Monica. It is a great representation of sustainable architecture with its solar pool and domestic hot water, radiant floor heating, extensive natural light and skylights, bamboo and & bio-fiber flooring, and bamboo cabinets. The entry landscape creates a lush outdoor sitting area.
House #2: Brentwood Residence
Designer: Cory Buckner, AIA - Cory Buckner Architects
The Brentwood Residence is located in the post-war architectural community of Crestwood Hills. The architecture paired with the interior furnishings sets the tone for the owner/artist's artwork. Each room has a flair of color and texture juxtaposed against a white background. The owner's personal art can be viewed in the photo following the living room.
Architect David Thompson paired up with designer Billy Rose to design the Stoneridge Residence, what I call the ultimate piece of art. This is no typical bachelor pad or entertainment house, the residence's character begins with the brick exterior facade and continues throughout with the conceptual staircase, sculptural dining table, and modern photography.
Architect Zoltan E. Pali is a well known designer, creating some of the most exuberant modern estates in the Hollywood Hills and beyond. Another one of his homes, the Oberfeld Residence, was featured in one of previous AIA Home Tours. The Nightingale Residence overlooks some of the best Los Angeles city views.
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Images: Juan Enriquez