The clients for this Los Angeles project were a young and growing family in-need of new spaces to accommodate additional family members, while living on a steep hillside.
The design embraces the challenging terrain by extending itself out into the sloping landscape. By doing so, the 2-story layout emerges from the hillside as the slope of the soils descends toward a stream, enabling multiple access points from inside of the home directly to the outdoors, making this otherwise unusable site useful and family friendly.
The design doubled the size of the existing home while maintaining its modest sense of place. The original understated cottage maintains its intimacy from the street view - only revealing its true grandeur unfolding before ones very eyes as one moves through the home front to rear.
The interior design features an abundance of inter-spatial connectedness, openness to the surrounding eucalyptus grove, naturally finished interior woods and a series of high spaces culminating in a unique 2-story master suite overlooking a dell.
The exterior styling is a modern interpretation inspired by the existing modest English Cottage to which this addition attached.
In March of 2009, The Rob B OPI Concept Salon was established to provide high-end manicure, pedicure and massage services using OPI Products, providing a comfortable atmosphere to enhance client’s physical appearance and soothe their souls within a “green” retail environment.
This eco-friendly Zen-like oasis respects the environment and makes people feel good. One can feel the difference when you cross the threshold - the freshness of the air, the balance of humidity and temperature, the calming of elegant natural materials and the acoustic privacy of a home.
The salon is filled with the most comfortable ergonomic furnishings. The design supports OPI's commitment to providing a stylish, healthy and safe salon environment and proudly uses the latest in salon sanitation procedures to ensure that the most stringent salon regulations are exceeded.
The ROB B OPI Concept Salon achieved LEED® Silver Certification for energy use, lighting, water and material use as well as incorporating a variety of other sustainable strategies, including: 1) Reducing pollution, saving energy and reducing energy costs – by using high efficiency energy saving heating/cooling systems coupled with abundant fresh air ventilation, high efficiency lighting – LED (light-emitting diode) lamps and abundant daylighting and by using SMART Cars; 2) Improving human health – by implementing a Green Cleaning Program to reduce exposure to noxious chemicals; and 3) Conserving natural resources – by using rapidly renewable bamboo wood for cabinets & furniture and saving water by using drought tolerant landscaping and building with recycled construction materials.
This addition to one of our previous project is currently under construction. We are using it here to demonstrate a critical part of our design process - the use of our 3d CAD systems in the design process.
As one scrolls through the images in this section, each construction photos is followed by a CAD generated sketch images - sketch images that were generated long before the construction began as a part of our schematic design services.
The CAD generated sketches nearly match the constructed result, which demonstrates how well we were able to describe our design intent to our client prior to the beginning of any engineering or construction.
Our clients are very satisfied seeing that they are getting nearly exactly the building they understood they would get.
This 4,500 sf machine for living is composed of clean minimal forms. A quintessential Hollywood Hills home, the project sits as a sculpture in the landscape. The striking two story living room epitomizes hillside living with views of the Los Angeles basin as a backdrop. Inside, the marriage of natural woods, birch, beech, maple and fir collaborate with the shower of natural light to create a rich, warm and comfortable environment. The features of the home include a gourmet kitchen with state-of-the-art appliances and French limestone countertops, an elevator, computerized phone system, central vacuum, built-in stereo speakers.
This beachfront home offers unique design opportunities and complex environmental challenges. Relatively rare siting for homes, oceanfront sites present an almost mutually exclusive relationship between openness to the shear beauty of the place – the fine lines of drifting sand and the multicolored glow of the western setting sun, and resistance to the inherent danger of the place's natural elements – the rising tides of storm surges and unabated high wind.
The design for this home embraces the dichotomy – it is design to both catch the sunsets and summer breezes while allowing for storm surges to simply pass-through. The entire lower floor is designed as a knock-out system, designed to give-way to the pressures of rising sea water, allowing the structure to remain in-place upon its deeply set pile footings as the sea washes in/out during a heavy storm.
Riverside Mission Inn - The Mission Inn, a National Historic Monument, was an historic renovation/restoration project comprising approximately 300,000 sqft. of guest rooms, restaurants, theaters, a chapel, offices, plazas, landscaping, and lobby. The original building is a turn-of-the-century Spanish structure which had been built and added to for nearly 30 years. (ELS & WZMH).
Immersion Retail - The Portland Niketown was the second flagship concept store for Nike. Specialized detailing was used throughout imbedding the Nike logo and Nike clothing design motifs throughout interior design of the store itself. This design epitomizes the integration of retailing and interior design. (Consulting Architect for CNI Design ).
Historic Traditional - A sympathetic remodeling of a 1904 vintage traditional home in the hills. Shaker and Craftsman styling were used throughout to complement the existing traditional styling and unite it with the residential needs of this century. Shaker styling provided opportunities to create new modern forms – like the kitchen cabinets – in compliment to the existing traditional/craftsman detailing.
Spanish Remodel - From the street, the second story we added to this modest and authentic 1-story Spanish home in Garden District of Santa Ana California is nearly out-of-sight. The owners wished to nearly double the size of their home with added bedrooms on a second floor, and they were insistent upon keeping the scale and comfortable feel of their existing home. The remodeled portions of the home included a gourmet kitchen complete with a private stair to a wine room.
Spanish Hillside - This 4,500 sf, two-story Spanish jewel is beautifully sited atop a step hillside overlooking the City of Glendora, California. This 4-bedroom gem has a gourmet kitchen, a three-car garage and a pool. The size of this home, its proportions, scale, finishes and details harken back to original and true Spanish architecture of Southern California. The home has sweeping westerly views to the Pacific Ocean, nearly 60 miles away.
Zen Condo Retreat - A traditional town home in a multi-unit development is transformed into a Zen-like Japanese style retreat in Beverly Hills - a minimal cozy sanctuary amidst the hustle-bustle of daily life in Los Angeles. City and canyon views offer perspective as the Japanese garden, integral to the public spaces, transports one to distant places. Meticulously selected materials maintain the theme: variable plank walnut hardwood flooring, zebra wood cabinets with black granite counter tops, shoji screen pocket doors, noir stained fir interior trim, and stone tile bathroom flooring.
Classic Mediterranean - Gordon Highlands, CA - 7,500 square foot, two-story mansion complete with a gourmet kitchen, six bedrooms and bathrooms, an infinity edged swimming pool, and a 4-car garage with an auto court.
Classic Family Home Remodeling - This family home remodeling epitomizes the harmony which can be found between a classic architectural context and contemporary clean lined living. We remodeled this classic one-story traditional home in Los Angeles to let in more light and provide for a more open room to room feeling all the while maintaining a comfortable scale and intimacy within each of the discrete spaces. The result is modern living within a traditional shell.
These elegant civic designs utilize naturally competent materials such as natural woods, raw concrete, and aluminum to resist the seaside climate conditions. The restrooms are designed “inside-out” such that each toilet stall is completely private and entered from the exterior. Outdoor “rooms” provide for public lavatories and showers.
The Los Angeles Department of Recreation & Parks Office / Police Sub-station building is a concrete shell inspired by the protection of a clam shell. The “shell” is pulled apart to reveal the two separate public entrances – one for police and the other for Recreation & Parks.
Beverly Hills Civic Center - The Beverly Hills Central Fire Facilities – one part of the ensemble that together with the Central Library, the Police Headquarters, and new Parking Structure, form the Beverly Hills Civic Center. This design, a result of The Beverly Hills Civic Center international design competition of 1983, stove to contextually unite a complex mix of civic uses while being aesthetically respectful to the existing “Chariga-esque” Beverly Hills City Hall structure. (Charles W. Moore Architect).
A modernist opus, reminiscent of the "Case Study" homes of the 1950s and 60s, this one story house uses its rich materials - Kirkstone, stainless steel, Douglas Fir to “extend” the underlying simple beauty of its crisp lines. "Less is more" indeed, softened, however by warm natural floor, cabinet and counter top finishes. Circumspect lighting design adds to both elegance and comfort. Interior and exterior spaces join into an uninterrupted unified harmony.
Inspired by the California Spanish tradition, a traditional ranch style home in Los Feliz was doubled in size and re-styled. While not being literally Spanish in it’s styling, this design exemplifies qualities of Spanish architecture that are climate appropriate for Southern California. Thick plaster walls, large eaves, tile roofing, arched openings, and earthy coloring all blend into a deeply comfortable ensemble.
A guest quarters addition is inspired by the board/baton ranch styling of the main house. The exterior styling creates consistency between the two buildings on the property, while the interior styling is warm, natural, and minimal – yielding refreshing and composed accommodations for the owner’s guests.
These are design views of the interior of a circular room which houses the actual natural spring which supplies the waters Yosemite Waters bottles and sells.
Designed to honor and celebrate the water spring/source, the tile pattern is inspired by the natural landscape and the Earth's natural water cycle.
Mountains, seas, the sun, the moon, evaporation, are implied in the abstracted imagery.