Perched high above Los Angeles in the Hollywood hills, this residence was designed as a modern medieval castle with breathtaking views and compact footprints combined with an unusual size that blends industrial chic and old-world interiors. The house was designed by Kristen Becker of Mutuus Studio and is based on the owners’ trips to Ireland and the great castles they visited. Coupled with the compactness of her New York penthouse, her Hollywood Hills Residence embodies California’s luxurious lifestyle at its purest.
Built on a steep slope, the three-storey building consists of a series of stacked rectilinear volumes in a mix of concrete, wood, glass and metal. This configuration ensures a minimum footprint and allows a number of terraces and patios to take advantage of the mild climate. The house is accessed via a wood and steel footbridge that leads to a monumental bronze door that hints at the drawbridge of a castle over a moat.
Entering the top floor, which also houses the garage and master bedroom, a foyer leads you to a large hallway on the middle floor that includes an open plan kitchen, dining and sitting area. Two more bedrooms and a study are on the same level. Downstairs is a media room, guest bedroom, storage rooms and laundry room. With public and private spaces on all three levels, the choreographed configuration of spaces that flow seamlessly into one another speaks to Becker’s background in dance.