Arshia Architects recently received the The American Institute of Architects Los Angeles (AIA|LA) design award for its MU77 project in Los Angeles. The 5,000 square foot house sits on the cusp of a fold in the Hollywood Hills and is split into two main levels. The stark, rigid appearance of the angular building against the landscape of the green hill defines itself as a real object through the process of alienating its context, in the way a rock formation identifies itself through the process of unearthing.
As spectacular as the exterior of these extraordinary homes may be, I find the interiors to be equally intriguing. The inner spaces of the MU77 reflect the rigid, geometric angles of its facade in the design of its white rooms, creating a cohesive look and feel that flows harmoniously throughout the home. The features display a real commitment to a specific aesthetic - could you live within an interior that may feel as if parts of it are about to take off and slice through the air like a paper airplane? I'd be willing to find out.
The unusual design of this kitchen island reflects the steep landscape the house is built into, and may tempt one to go for a slide off its glossy slope.
Photo credit: PAUL VU