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Located just near the famous Sunset Plaza Drive in L.A., this genuine modern mansion is the real deal in terms of contemporary luxurious design. The property is much rather a compound than a unitary object, hosting a Main Residence, a Guest House and a Wellness Center. In here you will find the ingredients for a dream house, and not just in terms of extravagancy. Inspiration can be found for almost any type of project as the structure embeds ideas and trends for a number of architectural programs, from a cabin in the woods to backyard landscaping design and various interior decorations.
I bet anyone remembers those typical horror movies where people get haunted in a large and imposing mansion with high ceilings, wood covered walls and chandeliers. Apart from the scary part which puts these masterpieces in a bad light, you have to admit that they are, quite simply put, dream houses. The first impression is that they can offer a whole new level of living than your usual suburban home. That’s why ever since Roman times this type of structures has been the inspiration source for the great construction mass, inspiring vernacular architecture as well. And it’s the same situation nowadays. Modern mansions like this one represent the trend, the fashion in terms of contemporary architecture and luxurious interior design.
Hagy Belzberg is renowned for this type of architectural programs, having designed various modern and luxurious estates that combine a fine, elegant taste with sustainability and eco-friendly designing. One of his projects has been previously featured on our website, the Kona Residence which delights us with a series of curved shapes, inclined lines and various wooden decorations. For this villa though, the architect opted for a more modernist approach, with simple yet beautiful shapes that, when put together, create a powerful minimalistic and expressive composition. The main façade, just like the rest of the mansion, is dominated by large windows that offer any visitor a peek inside the luxurious interior. Their effect is even greater when referring to the inhabitants; firstly, natural light is allowed to flood every inch of the mansion, allowing them to feel as every bit as free and vivid as in nature itself. Secondly, when talking about L.A., Sunset Strip and a house on a hill, there is no shortage of breathtaking views of the city that unveils in front of the mansion. But the structure itself is only a part of the beauty and appeal of the ensemble. Tall trees, green, fresh moaned grass and carefully placed flowers and bushes contribute as well and make nature every bit as important as architecture and design, making the modern approach of vertical gardens look inexpressive and irrelevant.
Inside you get a feeling of freedom and beauty through simplicity which is obtained through a playful set of basic shapes and materials. They are never too flashy or too difficult to perceive, a recipe that seems to work since its invention in the 20’s, by modernist. Two families benefit from 8 bedrooms, 9 bathrooms, enormous garage and parking way and, of course, a large swimming pool. The entire villa is dominated by fluidity; every room is flowing to the next, a continuous space of high ceilings, warm colors and large glazing.
Although this construction is very modern, opulent and has a powerful sense of luxury, it is, in my opinion, nothing special. Everything except it’s size is very common and can be found in almost any other modern house, from furniture to materials and decorations. In another words it’s not unique, it posseses some kind of consumerist feel, probably one of the biggest enemies of art and architecture of the 21’st century.