1169 Hillcrest Residence

Beverly Hills, CA

What if a home could be conceived as a private art museum and a livable piece of sculpture for comfort and entertaining?

SD envisioned the site as a contained body of water within which a residence quietly floats. This creates a visual relationship between the delicately hovering architecture and the infinite reflection or the LA Basin below. Each view over the city: Westwood, Century City, Palos Verdes, Miracle Mile, Beverly Hills, Hollywood and Downtown has been carefully curated to be revealed at intervals coincident with the experience moving through the home.

Implementing a timelessly elegant palette of light limestone, dark bronze, Ipe wood, glass, and water; the house is detailed such that from the exterior the entirety of the vertical planes are expressed, obscuring the termination of floor and ceiling, presenting a view of each material delicately framed in its essential form.

The house was designed as two wings, bisected with a formal Entry Foyer surrounded by water. To one side of this entry is the public realm of great room, kitchen and dining while the other side is the private realm of bedrooms and dens for retreat and relaxation.

Throughout the house, walls with carefully designed lighting, frame the modern art collection. Care has been taken to ensure these walls receive no direct daylight.

The lower level is a virtual playground of amenities including a Bar, Wine lounge, Billiards hall, Bowling alley, Wellness center complete with Salon, massage, sauna, steam and hot tub, a full gym with private outdoor courtyard and a state of the art theater. A large light well at the base of the central reflecting pool creates an aquatic lens linking the upper and lower levels; vertically binding them together in a wash of natural light and animated shadowing.

Project Information

Partners In Charge:
Russell Shubin, AIA, LEED AP
Robin Donaldson, AIA

Principals In Charge:
Mark Hershman

Project Manager:
Christine Reins

Project Team:
Bradford Kelley
Irene Acosta
Kevin Doyle

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SD is led by partners Russell Shubin, Robin Donaldson and Mark Hershman.

With offices in Culver City, Santa Barbara, and Orange County, California, projects are organized as a team effort, led and coordinated by an assigned project manager and project architect.

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