pacific palisades 3 | 4
a sustainable hillside ocean view duo
design objective
Creating two green homes in close proximity on very steep terrain (at the beginning of the sustainable build revolution)

  • type2 single family dwellings
  • year | size2005 | 3,930 and 5,100 sf
  • locationpacific palisades, California
  • statuscontracted project

project statement
Two more houses in our own neighborhood

The homes are located on adjacent lots, creating an innovative design with definite privacy and view consideration. The lower house features 3 bedrooms and a separate satellite unit at the bottom level, while the upper residence has 2 master bedroom suites and 3 additional bedrooms, including a maids room at the lower terrace level, dual BBQ areas and ample deck space.
They were designed under the old Hillside Ordinance, nevertheless, they feature the same sustainable approach of all our home designs. Passive green features are incorporated in the floor plans, while exterior shading devices create natural sun shelter on the South façade. Both homes are similar, yet distinct in visual appearance and material selection.


project statement (cont)

Privacy is of high importance with adjacent properties, so here we have the outdoor areas of both houses located to opposite sides of the lots and there are two floral barriers dividing the two rear yards. Both homes take full advantage of the spectacular views of Santa Monica bay and mountains.
Although they cannot be build today with the same residential area, they remain a signature PAAproject, showcasing passive sustainable architecture and fluent planning. Aesthetics were featured all over the globe on the cover of Artlantis Studio 2 box and start splash screen.

design objective 2
Creating the optimal space-form continuum for limited size and steep terrain
The homes evolve in close proximity, yet very private, with unobstructed ocean views from all rooms, respectful of the neighboring properties. Vertical plan functioning enables full use of the limited lot disposition and every floor has its own presence in the building composition.
from the architect