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L.A. Villa by Oppenheim Architecture

Project name:
L.A. Villa
Architecture firm:
Oppenheim Architecture
Los Angeles, California
Tools used:
ArchiCAD, Adobe Photoshop
Principal architect:
Chad Oppenheim
Design team:
Lorraine Letendre, Lynda Murray, Rios Clementi Hale Studios
Built area:
30,000 ft²
Site area:
8 acres
Design year:
Completion year:
Interior design:
Structural engineer:
Civil engineer:
Environmental & MEP:
Roger Davies courtesy of Architectural Digest
Residential › Private House

In designing the LA home of a movie director known for his powerfully explosive, high impact cinematic experiences, Oppenheim Architecture partnered with the director's hydraulics team (who make his sets fly) to create a large pivoting window wall on the pool cabana. Twenty-five thousand pounds of counterweight enable the window wall's natural stasis to be open, while hydraulics power its closure. The effect invites the outdoors in by framing dynamic views of the LA landscape beyond - ultimately crafting a serene, nurturing environment that pays homage to its residents.

huge window wall image © Roger Davies, courtesy of Architectural Digest

The simplicity of the structures belies the complexity of the process….Used to directing thousands of people at any one time and controlling every single detail to bring his singular vision to life on set, OA’s movie director client wasn’t about to let changing building codes, approvals, and complications of the site (like earthquakes, fires, and land stability) get in the way of realizing his dream home. We embedded the bulk of the home into the hillside and placed on top two rectangular volumes, inspired by the artist Donald Judd, that align with the passage of the sun and the moon. The separate bedroom suites with retractable glass walls balance atop the main level of the home. One bedroom frames the Los Angeles canyons and the city below, while the other focuses on a large existing tree that was saved at great effort and expense. The result is a home that is silent, yet monumental; intimate, yet grand.

huge glass window wall let the natural light enters the living room image © Roger Davies, courtesy of Architectural Digest

LA home in California built on a hill

image © Roger Davies, courtesy of Architectural Digest

Basement floor plan Basement Level - image © Oppenheim Architecture

Ground Floor Plan Ground Level - image © Oppenheim Architecture

Second floor plan Second  Level - image © Oppenheim Architecture

Site plan drawing Site Plan - image © Oppenheim Architecture

House Site Plan Site Plan - image © Oppenheim Architecture

Elevations drawings Elevations - image © Oppenheim Architecture

architecture elevation drawing Elevations - image © Oppenheim Architecture

Architecture Layout Elevations - image © Oppenheim Architecture

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By Naser Nader Ibrahim

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