Bentley Residence

Bel Air, CA

What if a modern residence was built in the footprint and in the spirit of the original home?

Bel Air, CA

8500 SF



SD was commissioned to design this home in Bel Air on a site that was formerly occupied by the home in which the clients raised their family. Their intimate knowledge of the location and its sense of place guided the design of the new residence. The design was formed around constraints of topography, between the existing tennis court and the road. A large tree that the clients planted when their children were small is at the heart and center of the design.

The house turns its back towards the street with a solid formal facade, while the other side of the house opens up to light, air, and view. The interiors, which are grand yet intimate, overlook an infinity edge pool with mountains and ocean beyond.

A series of volumes are focused around the tree in the central courtyard and allow for flow between the interior and exterior of the home. A gallery that showcases the client’ art collection ties these volumes together, and is book-ended with a water feature wall and a fireplace.

SD created a design that generously accommodates formal and informal entertaining, as well as the archetypal California lifestyle of indoor-outdoor living.

Project Information

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

Project Architects:
Ann Sofi-Holst

Project Team:
Ann Sofi-Holst

Porter Development

Ciro Coelho

Project Articles/Press


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.


Design Approach

ShubinDonaldson provides innovative environments for strategic, design savvy clients.

Projects are organized as a team effort, led and coordinated by an assigned project manager and project architect.