Location: Bel-Air, Los Angeles

Site size: 1 acre

Project size: 3,769 square meters

Program: The owner wanted the firm to rid the house of its 1970s Spanish-style features. The architects responded by stripping the house down to its timber structure while maintaining the site’s original footprint. By gutting the house, they were able to maximize living space. In many parts of the house, they replaced solid walls with glass ones.

Solution: Carved into a hillside, the house opens out towards vistas of Downtown Los Angeles to the east, Century City to the south, and the Pacific Ocean to the west. A curved driveway leads from the street to a spacious garage below grade and a basement containing a gym, pool, and spa. Stairs adjacent to the garage lead to an entrance hall on the first floor. On the opposite end of the house, retractable glass doors open out to a terrace with outdoor seating. On the main level is a high-ceilinged “great room” surrounded by a dining room, study, cigar bar, den, games lounge, and home theatre. On the second floor are four bedrooms.

Construction and materials: The house has a concrete ground floor slab with a steel frame and wood frame infill structure. Floors are gray-washed European oak in bedrooms and French limestone in living areas. Walls are white plaster with oak paneling. Other interior finishes include bronze anodized aluminum screens and oak millwork.

Additional Information

Completion date: October 2017




109 Hatfield Street

Gardens, Cape Town


Tel: +27 (0)21 468 4400

Email: info@saota.com


Personnel in architect's firm who should receive special credit:

Mark Bullivant, Director at SAOTA


Architect of record:

CM Peck


Interior designer:

MINOTTI Los Angeles

Luca Lanzetta Group



JLA Structural Engineers


General contractor:

Gordon Gibson Construction



Adam Letch



Landscape: Fiore Landscape Design

Lighting: Oculus Light Studio


Development managers:

PLUS Development


Brokering company:

Bond Street Partners



Interior finishes

Flooring: Gray-washed European oak, French limestone

Wall cladding: French limestone, white plaster

Interior finishes: French limestone, bronze anodized aluminum, Poliform cenere oak millwork, gray-washed oak wall paneling

Light fixtures: Single and twin spots, fixed spots in linear recesses, LEDs cove lighting

Kitchen: Ernestomeda

Closets: Poliform

Bath fixtures: Antoniolupi Bathrooms

Furniture & décor: Minotti, Henge, Meridiani, Exteta, Expormim, Galotti & Radice, Rimadesio, MisuraEmme, Ivano Redaelli, Extremis

Soft furnishings: Minotti Design

Window systems: Fleetwood