Pro Portfolio: A contemporary compound in Calabasas


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On Mondays we post a new home whose design is presented in the architect or interior designer’s own words. This week:

Architects: Abramson Teiger, Culver City. Landscape design: Monika Valtchev Landscape Design, Thousand Oaks, (805) 446-1135. Contractor: AJ Engineering & Construction, Tarzana, (818) 343-5787.

Location: Calabasas.

Architects’ goal: to realize our dream of a modern house with a unique design, simple lines, very minimalistic.


Description: This house sits at the edge of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. The compound consists of a guest house and, separated by a courtyard, the main house, with four bedrooms and 4 1/2 baths. The roof was conceived as a series of planes, clad in factory-painted charcoal gray metal. At some points, the metal roof either folds up or down to become the walls. Rectangular in form, the house has one long side with large glass doors and windows to take advantage of the spectacular view. The living-dining space is loft-like, with 14-foot-high ceilings and clerestory windows. The kitchen and dining area are on the same axis, perpendicular to the main space. They face the view and open to the exterior with sliding doors. The wood-grained, resin-panel “box,” which actually is a storeroom, truncates the visual axis as you approach the front door, and is an integral part of the enclosure that makes up the outdoor patio. The box continues into the kitchen, where the warm hue complements the palette of natural materials.

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Photo: The dramatic seamed and lapped metal roof unfolds over the house in a series of planes. Large windows, sliding glass doors, glass walls and patios were used to establish a strong connection with the outdoors. Smooth Mexican-style beach pebbles were used for the walkway that wraps around the exterior.


--Anne Harnagel

Photos by Jim Bartsch


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