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Architecture Design of Bellgave House

Description About The Project

Bellgave House designed by SAOTA, draws from iconic mid century architecture of Los Angeles. Perched atop the edge of a steep slope over Laurel Canyon Boulevard, the site offers unobstructed panoramic views from downtown Los Angeles to Santa Monica. Indeed, the designer engaged with the modernist precedent set by the Stahl House and other ground breaking Los Angeles Case Study Houses in the design of Bellgave. Also, reprise and advance some of their pioneering innovations that forged the distinctive indoor outdoor lifestyle. That became synonymous with the city itself, and a distinctive, climatically appropriate regional modernism.

In addition to this, the house’s main lounge positioned in a cantilevered glass box at the front of the house. That projects outwards to embrace the view. Besides, a rim – flow pool along the edge of the deck appears to extend beneath it, reinforce the sense that the house is ‘floating’. While fusing the foreground with the distant views of the Pacific Ocean. This spatial order also forms the basis of the interlinking arrangement of spaces throughout the house. Interior and exterior spaces are similarly fused. Elements of the landscape, such as the sculptural olive trees, create focal points, anchor the experience with indoor and outdoor “destinations”. Ranging from al – fresco dining areas and poolside lounge areas to the dining and lounge.

On the other hand, the restrained material finishes throughout the house in general honor the architectural fabric of mid century Los Angeles. Indeed, as a contemporary evolution of some of the traditions associated with California mid century modernism, Bellgave pays homage to its architectural precedents while look forward and advance the possibilities of the pioneer examples of the approach.

The Architecture Design Project Information:

By raise a platform on pillars and caissons, the architects lifted the Bellgave House towards the view and established a series of intersecting. Also, overlap horizontal planes that project outwards from the cliff edge.
Bellgave House, celebrates history of Hollywood Hills, California by SAOTA
The impressive cantilevered glass box of this house includes the main lounge. It offers the spectacular views to the city below.

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Bellgave House, celebrates history of Hollywood Hills, California by SAOTA

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Bellgave House, celebrates history of Hollywood Hills, California by SAOTA
Bellgave House, celebrates history of Hollywood Hills, California by SAOTA
Bellgave House, celebrates history of Hollywood Hills, California by SAOTA

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Bellgave House, celebrates history of Hollywood Hills, California by SAOTA
Bellgave House, celebrates history of Hollywood Hills, California by SAOTA
The walls are deliberately unadorned to act as screens for the theatrical shadow patterns cast by the light through the trees in front of them.
Stucco, travertine, and timber floors establish a neutral, honest, and unadorned palette that is richly textured, warm, and sensual for this Bellgave House.

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Bellgave House, celebrates history of Hollywood Hills, California by SAOTA
These curvaceous lines and the sense of embrace they create at the entrance give way to the rectilinear layout of the main living spaces. Also, towards the view in a sequence from grounded, enclosed experience to airy and elevated.

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Bellgave House, celebrates history of Hollywood Hills, California by SAOTA
Interior and exterior volumes modulated to create more intimate spaces to counterbalance the vast scale of the views. The bedrooms of this Bellgave House are on the upper level. Then, creating similarly elevated experiences floating above the city.

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Bellgave House, celebrates history of Hollywood Hills, California by SAOTA

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Bellgave House, celebrates history of Hollywood Hills, California by SAOTA
Bellgave House, celebrates history of Hollywood Hills, California by SAOTA

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The Bellgave House Gallery:

Text by the Architects: Bellgave, a private house in Los Angeles, is situated above Laurel Canyon Boulevard on a cul de sac in the Hollywood Hills. With its elevated position at the edge of a steep promontory, the site offers unobstructed panoramic views from downtown Los Angeles to Santa Monica. Its North South orientation aligns with the grid of the city basin below. And the tone for its architectural context is set by mid – century landmarks such as Pierre Koenig’s landmark Stahl House (Case Study House No. 22), which can be glimpsed on a nearby promontory to the West.

Photo credit: Mike Kelley| Source: SAOTA

For more information about this project; please contact the Architecture firm :
– Add: 109 Hatfield Street, Gardens, Cape Town, 8001
– Tel: +27 (0)21 468 4400
– Email: [email protected] 

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