This Hidden Hills Home is nestled on a large property abundant with trees and North and South facing views that look up toward the hilltops. The seclusion of the property allows for ample glass and open spaces to bring nature into the home and link the indoor/outdoor living spaces. The design goal of the architecture is to highlight clean lines and natural light. The palette of the project draws from the natural tones of the surrounding hills and interior finishes are minimalistic to keep the focus on the landscape.
Exterior Day View
The materials and finishes chosen for this project were inspired by the surrounding landscape. A neutral color palette brings calmness and composure to the space and is used to blend the indoor-outdoor living connection seamlessly. Wood, stone, and grasscloth are examples of natural material selection used in the interior that can be found in the surrounding hilltop environment. The modern design of the residence is meant to add to the simplicity of the scenery and not detract from the views. The design can be classified according to the Japanese definition of Shibui as a ...“simple, subtle, and unobtrusive beauty”. Exterior materials mimic the color scheme of the California hills and changes in material lead your eye through the architectural transitions of the structure.
Polished concrete flooring is used throughout the home for durability and thermal properties and because it’s a fluid and elementary material that contributes to the design intent of the project. Different tones of wood are specified heavily in the project for both the interior and exterior to provide warmth and textural quality. Natural stone that contrasts the dark concrete floor is displayed all throughout the kitchen not only for the aesthetic, but also for its cleanability. The black plastered hood is a focal point of the kitchen that brings a rich texture reminiscent of earthy clay.