One of the latest top-tier homes to decorate the elite outskirts of LA, this Beverly Hills creation by Whipple Russel Architects is a sheer stunner. Occupying a pristine and perfect lot above many other jet-set homes nearby, great attention was paid the landscape architecture in the home’s planning. It sits on a multi-tier brush garden reflective of the home itself, which also gets larger as its floors rise. The building is one of the largest residential designs in recent memory, with more than three dedicated indoor living rooms and an entire floor made up of the master suite. Its entire design exudes contemporary class and the peak of luxury, a statement home for the modern elite.
Part of what makes Whipple Russel designs unique, especially at this price tier, is the firm’s obsessive attention to every detail of both outdoor and indoor spaces. The exterior of the house is centered around a large courtyard with views to all its wings, and large windows showcase modern art pieces and the homeowers’ luxury car collection from that courtyard. Elsewhere, small sculpted bonzai gardens and other touches spice up the modern form of the building. Inside, each room has its own distinct personality, ranging from bright and social to complicatedly modern. Every part of the house solidifies its place overall as a crowning achievement in Beverly Hills.
The home and its landscaping completely dominates the hillside it’s built upon, spread out over a large property to avoid too much vertical definition. The grounds also include such amenities as a mini-golf course and a large outdoor pool.
The public side of the house actually looks rather minimal, with little sign of the vast and ultra-luxurious mansion hiding inside.
Once past the garage and door and the thin walkway of the house, a whole new world opens up, a large courtyard giving sight into every wing of the house.
The right side of of the courtyard is dominated by a detached two-story garage structure, upon which a subtle and out-of-the-way guest suite sits. Even the garage has some artistic features, with three black rectangular canvases against one wall.
Even the homeowner’s fine automobiles have their own expansive view of Los Angeles below. A slow-moving clear stream runs around the entire mansion, framing it above its layers of vegetation.
Staggered glass panels, set next to the spiral stairway that goes to the entrance of the guest suite, create an open outdoor hallway leading to the home’s main outdoor living spaces.
The palatial home’s main floor opens up on the hillside to a large outdoor social area, with a rectangular sculpted pool and hot tub, a professional grill, and a fireplace-central seating area with a television pillar to one side. Ever facet of outdoor living and lounging is covered in a single spacious and extravagant patio.
Wherever the house meets a major outdoor space, its glass walls are retractable to unify the spaces on pleasant weather days. Here, the glossy white kitchen meets the pool area, with outdoor furniture sharing the kitchen’s finish to help the transition.
Upon walking inside from the front entrance, visitors to the home are greeted by an open foyer with pathways to almost anywhere in the house, decorated by pop art, sculptural lighting, and a diversity of finishes.
To one side of the entryway, the concrete flooring gives way to glass, creating a sightline down into the mansion’s specially-designed wine room and downstairs bar area.
Featuring a striking black and white combination made luxurious by deep wood and metal finishes, this living room is the principal social space of the huge house, with a sleek and warm architectural fireplace to keep those on the intimately-set couch set warm.
Just on the other side of a set of shelves lies a more formal sitting room, bordering on the dwelling’s dining room. The two spaces match in color and have no physical borders between them, creating a complete living area for formal occasions.
Continuing the general theme of detailed architecture, hallways are lined with artistic fixtures, creative color schemes, and in this case, a windowside bench for reclining indoors under the sun.
One of the neatest and most impressive parts of the estate is this home theater, done up in non-distracting colors and organically soft furnishings. The theater’s end wall is actually a thick glass window that is covered by a retractable screen for movies, keeping the room from feeling completely isolated while not in use.
One of the most darkly dramatic rooms in the home (reminiscent of designs inside The Fortress, a Sunset Plaza mansion currently owned by DJ Val Kolton) is this small washroom, with faucets and furniture so peculiar they’re almost unrecognizable as bathroom fixtures.
There’s even more living space left in the colossal estate; this one is by far the most lighthearted and everyday. It’s a part of a combined space with an open office to one side and an exercise room behind.
The master bedroom and its adjoining spaces take up the entire top floor of the expansive modern behemoth, with its own sitting area off to one side and a wraparound deck. Because of the house’s tiered architecture, the bedroom can be formed from all-glass walls without compromising privacy in the least.
The master bedroom’s deck, the highest outdoor space of the residence, has a corner built and furnished specifically for its captivating view of Beverly Hills and Los Angeles beyond. Again, little design details are key to the luxurious air of the space; a glass-climbing fire installation provides warmth and romantic light for those on the corner couches.
The master bedroom shares a color scheme with the home’s first living room, a simple black/white contrast accented by different textures and fixtures. Like every other major space of the house, the bathroom, too, has a large television against one wall.
As evidenced in nearly every vast room of the house, one of the major design philosophies in this design is pure spaciousness, exemplified by an open closet area that’s larger on its own than some New York City apartments.
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