The Tree Top Residence is a modern three-story house in Los Angeles that celebrates the site’s complex landscape, merging with it seamlessly and emerging from it atop the canopy of trees that surround it.

Modern three-story house in Los Angeles by Belzberg Architects

Architect: Belzberg Aarchtiects
Location: Los Angeles, CA, USA
Completed: 2015
Size: 13,900 sqf
Principal: Hagy Belzberg
Project Manager: David Cheung
Project Team: Dan Rentsch, Jennifer Wu, Chris Sanford, Barry Gartin, Susan Nwankpa, Brock DeSmit, Christopher Arntzen, Glenn Ginter, Andrew Kim, Ashley Coon.

Modern three-story house in Los Angeles by Belzberg Architects

From the architects: Built along a natural ridgeline, the long and narrow plan of the three-story house mimics and inverts the angles of the site’s topography, creating dynamic vertical and horizontal relationships.

Modern three-story house in Los Angeles by Belzberg Architects

Vertically, an eccentrically-helical stair functions as a primary organizing element and a sculptural gesture upon entry into the house. On the ground floor, it acts as a threshold into the open plan; on the floor above, it separates the master suite and children’s quarter, while providing a light well to the basement.

Modern three-story house in Los Angeles by Belzberg Architects

Horizontally, walls are used sparingly in favor of fluidly connected spaces. Movement and views between dining areas, kitchen, play and gathering spaces are uninterrupted, and floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors blend the interior with the outside.

Modern three-story house in Los Angeles by Belzberg Architects

Hidden from the street, the residence is insulated from its neighbors, but open to its site. Canted limestone louvers, and dense planting on the north facade shield the interior from the closest adjacency. Conversely, the rest of the building opens to the site with floor-to-ceiling glazing, relying on both the house’s generous distance from the property line, and the densely wooded valley below to create a natural screen. The design culminates in the master bedroom, which features full-height sliding doors at its cantilevered corner. The orchestration of this view, overlooking a dense canopy of trees, embodies the intent to offer respite from the city below.

Modern three-story house in Los Angeles by Belzberg Architects

Modern three-story house in Los Angeles by Belzberg Architects

Modern three-story house in Los Angeles by Belzberg Architects

Modern three-story house in Los Angeles by Belzberg Architects

Modern three-story house in Los Angeles by Belzberg Architects

Modern three-story house in Los Angeles by Belzberg Architects

Modern three-story house in Los Angeles by Belzberg Architects

Modern three-story house in Los Angeles by Belzberg Architects

Modern three-story house in Los Angeles by Belzberg Architects

Modern three-story house in Los Angeles by Belzberg Architects

Modern three-story house in Los Angeles by Belzberg Architects

Modern three-story house in Los Angeles by Belzberg Architects

Modern three-story house in Los Angeles by Belzberg Architects

Modern three-story house in Los Angeles by Belzberg Architects

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Tree Top Residence by Belzberg Architects

The Tree Top Residence is a modern three-story house in Los Angeles that celebrates the site’s complex landscape, merging with it seamlessly and emerging from it atop the canopy

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