This cul-de-sac dream home in Los Angeles was imagined by LA-based Griffin Enright Architects as a modern residence fronting a small yard on the street side and a larger back garden opening to canyon panoramas and distant city views. The Mandeville Canyon Residence was deliberately designed as a platform for the fascinating views beyond the sliding glass doors connecting the urban front part with the landscape-focused back side.
“From the rear yard, the contemporary property is seen as horizontal layers that seem to emerge from the landscape, while the presence at the entrance of the house is distinctly more urban and vertical.”
Engaging the landscape with the possibility of opening up the living room to the outdoors, the architects created a powerful connection to the environment. Insisting on a geometric solution that would expand this connection to the outdoors, the upper floor was reserved for light-flooded private areas, while the downstairs level contains public spaces. A lap pool adds a dynamic twist to the terraced yard, creating the perfect relaxation spot. Beautiful design details shape this contemporary Californian house into an inspiring residence.