The house scales well with the surroundings and features passive and active sustainable systems. The composition considers a substantial drop at street edge to incorporate a small garage bridge, while pedestrian approach is at the higher part of the property line. Balancing the City required building envelope, the roof line creates a shielded space for the building systems, accessible via exterior ladder. An ample terrace at entry level offers unobstructed views of the Santa Monica Bay and Malibu, while built-in sun shades and privacy screens shelter the living room space. Controlled transparency remains throughout, allowing maximum view and minimum interior exposure. The positioning of the living room level allows for a near perfect terrain fit and on-ground fire access under the garage bridge, which continues to the lower bedroom floor. A trellis shade divides the tall storefront visually and functionally, while allowing aeration, cross ventilation and shading to blend in the overall visual presence of the building - all hot air escape is naturally directed to the highest point of the open staircase, where operable vents allow unforced escape. A natural SoCal feature, the exterior BBQ is to the South of the LR, adjacent to kitchen and dining areas. A single retaining wall at the lower level provides an outdoor garden and creates the necessary cut | fill balance within the allowed quantities. The lower basement level features an indoor salt water pool and recreation area, along with a sauna and equipment rooms.