Featuring commanding views of Los Angeles, this home on a steeply sloping Echo Park lot is careful not to spoil the scenery for those above it. Built at and below street level, the roughly cubic residence is a flatteringly uncomplicated design from the outside, finished in pleasingly subdued tones and textures. The structure floats avoids destroying the hillside, set on concrete supports; only a single point of the boxy house has direct contact with the dirt. The most attention-getting feature of the house, however, is (surprisingly) its driveway, which lends it an upside-down architectural feel. A covered parking space is built into the roof, with a minimal bridge leading to it from the road. No matter which angle it’s viewed at, the home is sure to impress.
Coated in dark grey with black accent railings, the potentially sinister nature of this design is set off by its simple and pleasing shape, as well as the warm lighting on its carport and at its entryway. The dwelling keeps a low profile from above, and from the street looks for all the world like nothing more than an ornate parking spot.
Taking advantage of its extremely sloping property, the house is built with an exterior layout contradictory to tradition, with a rooftop that combines deck space with a carport. A short metal bridge and low deck walls provide views of the city below and frame the homeowner’s cars in contemporary style. Automobiles can be parked both underneath the asymmetrical awning or on the bridge itself.
All the ceiling-height windows of the home are set inward, creating cutout decks in the dwelling’s profile. This style of design may restrict space inside, but the ceiling and floor overhangs work with the sloping lot to preserve privacy.
With the exception of flooring, most of the interior is covered in white, with silver appliances and embellishments. Art pieces, everyday objects, and wooden floorboards accent each room.
A combination of western American charm and Frank Lloyd Wright-esque “natural geometry” defines the furniture and accessories of the bedroom, with comfortably attractive furnishings built low to the ground.
Skylights are prevalent in every room, providing light to the bedrooms and bathrooms, especially, without compromising privacy.
The residence seems relatively compact because of its uniform exterior finish and simple overall shape, but actually packs three bedrooms in with plenty of space to spare.
The home itself makes very little actual contact with the hillside, limited to one corner of the bottom floor and an edge of its driveway. As a result, the thin concrete-finish pillars that hold the building are filled with strengthened materials.