Oak Pass HouseArchitecture | 22 Feb 2017
BETWEEN THE HOUSE AND THE LANDSCAPE
It is a house enclosed by panoramic views of the surrounding canyons. Topography and the landscape were the two main elements behind Oak Pass House’s design, in Beverly Hills, California. The presence of more than 130 protected native oaks trees – Coast Live Oak Tree – is one of the characteristics of the house´s surroundings.
A part of Oak Pass House, projected by Walker Workshop, is buried, and just one level is above the hillside, where is possible to find the kitchen, and the living and dining rooms. Instead of walls, sliding glass doors facilitate the continuity between the exterior and the interior.
But the underground part of the house also receives natural light due to a sunken courtyard that flanks the hallway. Oak Pass House fits with harmony in its surroundings. Most of the lower level has a vegetated roof. The pool reflects the exterior trees emphasizing, even more, the connection between the house and the landscape.
Photos: Joe Fletcher