The dark-grey rough stacked-slate exterior is capped with crisply contrasting white stucco. A pivot-style all-glass front door and surround welcomes you to the modern West Coast lifestyle, framing a view through the house to the hills beyond. Inside, just left off of the foyer and down a few steps, is the powder room featuring Whipple Russell’s signature vertical ribbon windows and Anne Sacks concrete and ceramic-glazed tile in chocolate. And to the right and up a split-level are the two guest bedrooms with baths.
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The central open volume topped by a skylight is Marc Whipple’s modern take on the traditional courtyard. He took the courtyard, and sunk it so that all the below-grade rooms open off of it, transforming what normally would be a dark basement into a lower floor with light and views – the anti-basement. The large skylight pulls the dramatic focus upwards as well, so this vertical volume contains both dynamics seen while crossing the glass bridge.
Surrounding this sunny atrium are the kitchen, living, and dining areas. The living and dining areas are divided by a 3-sided fireplace of the same exterior stacked slate, which extends beyond the glass to the patio.
The downstairs courtyard area, lit by the skylight, includes seating and wine storage. The surrounding rooms include a full gym and weight room, a salon with massage table and full bath with steam shower, a golf simulator, and an 8-seat home theater. This is a high-tech house. Not only does the home theater have state-of-the-art projection and sound, the car park features a turntable that identifies each car, rotating to a preset angle, enabling it to exit with ease.
Architect: Whipple Russell Architects
Interior Design: McCormick and Wright
Location: Beverly Hills, California, USA
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