Built in Los Angeles, California this dramatic minimalist residence has been named ‘The Three Wall House’ by its creators ‘Kovac Architects’. The architecture appears to harness and manipulate space. Its outstanding construction focuses on layers of simple geometric planes and openings. The house is built on a raised site and is approached via a long drive. The name of the house refers to the decision of the architects to reveal the residence gradually. The minimalist house architecture has been arranged in such a fashion that three walls block the view of the whole composition until the point that you enter the parking area. This way an element of surprise and suspense heightens the dramatic impact of the full structure. The minimalist house architecture, when viewed from the exterior, places as much emphasis on space as it does solid masses. The juxtaposition of impenetrable plain walls with open volumes is stunning. The drama is increased by the action of bright sunlight on the rectilinear forms which casts dynamic shadows. The interaction of the shifting shadows with the static architecture yields an endless sequence of abstract combinations. In this way the dramatic minimalist residence has been conceived as a large sculptural form
Initial impressions of the house are that it is a private, secluded place, even the terracotta colored walls suggest this as they appear dense and unyielding. However, on reaching the entrance the home becomes transparent, light and airy. Glass suddenly becomes the dominant material in the huge living area. Sheltered under a concrete loggia the open plan living space is at once protected but also totally open with its floor to ceiling glass walls. The connection with the exterior is complete at this point, with uninterrupted views to the well manicured garden and the deliciously inviting pool. The garden organization reflects the architecture as lawns bed and terraces follow the same geometric shapes as the minimalist house architecture.
Interestingly the same terracotta color used outside is also applied to internal feature walls. But inside this super dramatic minimalist residence they add warmth and a more welcoming atmosphere to the interior design scheme. Other than this the color scheme is a sophisticated combination of white and neutral tones with the introduction of contrasting black features and furnishings.
As would be expected from an up market Los Angeles residence this home is definitely styled to make a lasting impression.
By Kovac Architects of Los Angeles, California, USA
Photos by: Lars Frazer