Los Angeles, Forest Knoll Residential

Los Angeles, Forest Knoll

A residence with a view of Los Angeles, whose shapes recall the style of Danish Modernism combined with the archetypal American rural architectures. A majestic frame for the furniture signed by Minotti, with forms inspired by the Kimbell Art Museum of Louis Kahn.

A clever interplay of balances, from the references to architecture to the materials used, from the view as far as the eye can see to ideas suspended half-way between the luxurious Scandinavian spas and the geometric evolutions of the barns scattered across the American countryside.

Three unmistakeable and recognisable pitched roofs, set together and differentiated only by the staires that connects the interior spaces, crown the three respective domestic volumes, each with its own function. The ground floor, a fluid space reaching from the patio at the entranceway to the private garden where the trapezoidal swimming pool is located, is thought for meeting and entertaining people. The gaze then widens out into a series of living areas characterised by ephemeral glass wall boundaries between indoors and outdoors, encourage the architecture to initiate a direct, tuneful dialogue with the surrounding nature; an harmony made possible also by the use of the materials and colours: the travertine floor that extends from the interior spaces as far as the garden, the concrete left au naturel with the marks of the formwork, the cream, white and grey shades chosen for the furniture.

The central volume, the only one with double height, is entirely covered in wood. Its golden nuances enhances the homely feeling of warmth, inundating the spaces with light; upstairs, the two side volumes host the more private areas: bedrooms, bathrooms, studio.

Furniture by Minotti is scattered throughout most of the spaces:in the central body we find the Freeman “Tailor” bench at the entrance and, towards the swimming pool, the main living area with the Lawrence seating system by Rodolfo Dordoni as starring piece, set alongside the Angie armchair by GamFratesi. Every corner of the home space invites the visitor to enjoy the panorama, and savour the beauty of the scenery framed by the glass facades of the building. Various small lounge areas have been designed with this in mind, such as the one upstairs in the central volume, which hosts the Portofino armchairs by Rodolfo Dordoni.

This elegant and sophisticated atmosphere also stretches into the side volume, where the living room and kitchen are located. Here, a soft, informal living area features the modular Andersen system and the Glover armchairs, both signed by Rodolfo Dordoni.

The primitive design of the American barn meets the sober calmness of decor with a Nordic feel, resulting in a minimalist but rich project that is large and contemporary but intimate and timeless too.

  • Location
    Beverly Hills, California, U.S.A.
  • Year
  • Architectural Project
    Standard Architecture
  • Furniture supplier
    Minotti Los Angeles
  • Photography
    Mike Kelley; Neue Focus

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