Laurel Way House in Beverly Hills

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Laurel Way House in Beverly Hills

Large Luxurious House, CA, United States – design By whipple^russell architects

1 Mar 2016

Laurel Way House

Location: Beverly Hills, California, USA

Design: whipple^russell architects

Laurel Way House

One aesthetic idea driving the creation of Laurel Way House was that each room or space should be a jewel box, an individually conceived, precisely functional and dramatic sensory experience with its own depth of architecture.

Laurel Way House

Central to the composition are many of Marc Whipple’s signature elements, one being the use of texture; smooth next to rough stone, rich wooden panels against glass, and glass reflecting water. The immediate experience upon entering the house is its inherent weightlessness – the sense that the walls appear to float as panels and you are always connected to the outdoors. This is achieved with adherence to precise symmetry of beams, support panels, tiles, and sightlines, and also that walls do not meet the ceilings – a half-inch gap is left that helps achieve the effect.

Laurel Way House

Laurel Way House

These elements play up the horizontals and verticals of the house while movement and curves come from the three tiers of greenery and two water channels that surround the house giving it the look of an island floating against the blue California sky. The moat-like water surround is more than a successful artistic inspiration; it adds the feeling of a protective boundary without obstructing the views in any way. It also provided an innovative water feature visible from the interior while adding a highly dramatic dynamic to the entire design.

Laurel Way House

Laurel Way House

Laurel Way House

Laurel Way House

The front entry steps lead to a 14 ft. wood pivot door flanked entirely by glass, and then into the main floor foyer. To the left, a section of glass flooring reveals a wine room below with storage for 1000 bottles, and cantilevered wenge wood stairs float upward to the bedrooms.

Laurel Way House

Laurel Way House

Laurel Way House

The living and dining areas are a study in chocolate and creamy whites carried through to the exterior surfaces achieved with Texston’s Lime based plaster, offset by rough split-faced stone and dark wenge wood. Lift and Slide German made Schuco windows and doors are state of the art offering dependable operation and drainage as well as thermal efficiency summer and winter. Glossy kitchen cabinets were custom designed and imported from Italy.

Laurel Way House

Laurel Way House

Laurel Way House

Laurel Way House

“Zero edge” and “ floating” themes are echoed in the smallest details; kitchen cooktop venting is flush to ceiling. With no use of molding all lines are visible, every element must be perfectly square and aligned. Minotii, Maxalto and B&B Italia furniture was selected or custom made for each living space.

Laurel Way House

Laurel Way House

Laurel Way House

The main powder room’s motorized sliding glass door opens up to a vanity and white glass rectangular column – the sink. A wall of small, mirrored black tiles, reflect a single chrome vertical water pipe suspended over custom made sink.

Laurel Way House

Laurel Way House

Laurel Way House

Laurel Way House in Beverly Hills – Building Information

Architect: Marc Whipple AIA
Project Manager: Andrew Takabayashi
Interior Designer: Michael Palumbo
Landscape Architect: David Tardiff of Tardiff Designs

Laurel Way House

Laurel Way House

Photographers: William MacCollum, Art Gray Photography

Laurel Way House

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