The house employs passive solar design and other low tech methods of climate control even as the open south elevation allows panoramic views of the Los Angeles basin. A partially concealed post and beam structure modulates the exterior and allows openings to span from floor to ceiling.
Concrete and wood passive solar house on Los Angeles hillside responds to the site and city through its transparent southern exposure. A large ash tree literally envelopes the house, creating a microclimate to which the project responds.
The horizontal layering of the roof and floors extends the interior and engages the space under the tree. The strong horizontal projections also provide visual balance to the immense trunk and limbs. Redwood siding clads the overhangs and defines the transition between the inside and out.