M ResidencePROJECT DETAILS
The influence of the work of architect Le Corbusier on Tanaka Architects′ design aesthetics is demonstrated with clarity and conviction in this residential project. The modernist architectural vocabulary, especially its emphasis on clean geometries, crisp massing and functional structure, is carefully interpreted by Tanaka and incorporated into the design of this 12,000-square-feet exclusive residence.
The precise placement of this house on its hilltop site became the foundation for the designing concept. Perching the building at the edge of the cliff enabled two dramatic design features possible: by elevating the majority of the house above the ground through the use of a unique version of pilotis, it maximized the magnificent 300 degree view of Los Angeles; it also created a large uninterrupted ground level for a spacious minimalist garden. The strategic corridors of views from the garden are framed by the skeleton of the building structure.
The building massing consists of a series of multi-level bridges. A dramatic, 150 foot-long entrance bridge extends from a guest parking area to the entrance of the house. Set in a perpendicular plane, a double-story living room bridges the span between the bedroom wing and the common area. The project was originally completed in 1986 and renovated in 2002.