Surrounded by over 130 oak trees atop a 3.5 acre ridge site in Beverly Hills, The Oak House by architects at Walker Workshop is a an unobtrusive compliment to the breathtaking scenery. The clever combination of glass, concrete, and steel is reminiscent of Philip Johnson’s classic Glass House, allowing the building to take full advantage of its panoramic canyon view without distraction. While the sleek lines and choice of material make for a minimal aesthetic, the design provides a tasteful amount of luxury at every corner. Although the house has a modest footprint from the exterior, it provides a remarkable 8,000 square feet of living space; with an “upside down” layout, public spaces remain above while the bedrooms are integrated into the hill, protected beneath a roof of edible vegetation. However, the lower level receives the same natural treatment and assimilation with the landscape through a lower level courtyard, which provides a refreshing flow of light and air to the buried walnut floors.

Despite its location, the Oak House is a far cry from a cabin in the woods; an impressive seventy-five foot swimming pool with infinity edges sits below a large oak tree, surrounded by the limestone floors of the home’s upper level. Floor-to-ceiling glass panels give the dining and living rooms an almost atmospheric quality, practically eliminating the boundaries between inside and out. Accents of wood and stone on kitchen cabinets, walls, and floors imitate the rustic landscape while retaining the home’s modern, geometric style that seems to merge with its organic surroundings. It’s difficult to choose which is more striking: the beautiful oak-covered hills of CA, or this elegant modern home.

    string(13) "Lizzie Wright"

Lizzie

​Lizzie Wright is an aspiring artist and designer with a passion for the written word. While she works on her BFA in Industrial Design at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), she spends her (rare) spare time riding around Providence on her trusty Cannondale and drinking lots of coffee. She is especially fascinated by the dichotomy between aesthetic form and function, which has an immense influence on her work. As a lover of the natural world, Lizzie plans to focus on Nature, Culture, and Sustainability Studies to pursue a more efficient future for design. Read more by visiting her website

Tags:

Featured Products Explore new arrivals at the Gessato Shop

More for you

  • The KOA Apartment

    A home with minimalist, gallery-like spaces designed to become a canvas for the life of…

  • Ceramic Garden Studio

    A creatively designed studio space in Portugal. Based in Cascais, Portugal, artist, ceramicist and jeweler…

  • Casa EC

    A concrete and stone house that opens to views of the Alps. Designed by Italian…

  • Sea Sauna

    A floating cedar sauna in the Maine harbor. Floating saunas are the epitome of relaxation,…

  • The Art Barn

    An old barn converted into a bright art studio that opens to views of a…

  • House for Two Artists

    An art and design studio space created as an extension to an existing house in…

  • Villa Grieg

    A harmonious architectural composition that combines a family house and music studio. Built on a…

  • Ulvik Cabin

    A Norwegian cabin inspired by traditional barns and rural architecture. Located in Ulvik, western Norway,…

Around the world

  • Hotel Grand Stark

    A building from 1908 transformed into a stylish boutique hotel. Located in the Central Eastside…

  • The Circulo Mexicano Hotel

    A 19th century residential building transformed into a hotel with Shaker-inspired furniture. Located in the…

  • Plácido y Grata Hotel

    A boutique hotel located in a restored manor house from the 19th century. After years…

loader