A central feature of the parti is a translucent-reflective zone that extends through the center of the house and site. Two bar type structures embrace the main living area that is part of the translucent-reflective zone with glass and clerestories at each end and the east wall is capable of completely opening to the landscape and lap pool.
The inspiration for the Twinridge House derives from the “Genius Loci (the Prevailing Spirit of a Place)”.
Formally the architecture derives from the interpretation and inspiration of the site to unite the built environment and the natural environment.
The house is situated in the foothills on a sloping site with dramatic 180° view and nestled in the chaparral landscape. Siting the structure three methods were used to integrate the house into the sloping terrain: entrenching into the hill, terracing and cantilevering the structure leaving the hill undisturbed. Orientation was influenced by views, prevailing winds, and the path of the Sun (sun arc) for light, passive solar heating and cooling. This is a departure from the structures in the area where cut and fill excavations are used to create a flat site.
Careful placement of openings are used to frame the views and natural elements increasing an awareness of place. The main living area space is embraced by a board formed concrete wall cut into the slope that wraps around the space extending out into the landscape and the south wall is completely open to the ocean view. From various locations in the house framed views of the terrain and ocean gives a unique character to each space.
Texture and color of the house are primarily derived form the inherent natural qualities of the materials. The materials are sustainable and chosen for high fire resilience. To minimize the impact of construction and enhance the life cycle of the house the following was implemented: forming lumber for the board formed concrete walls was reused for roof rafters, drawing framing elevations reduced waste. Radiant floor heat, overhangs, and charcoal colored concrete floors absorb the low angle winter sun, grey water irrigates the landscape...
Stair Gallery lower view
South West Elevation
The Bedroom cantilevers over the existing
Rain Screen wall construction was used
for the Cumaru Siding walls. Cumaru
wood has high fire resistance and is a
Rain Screen wood siding
Twinridge House Framing
Il Teatro alla Moda
IL Teatro alla Moda-Theater in Fashion, the first exhibition to explore Italy's famous hautte couture designers and their impact on the stages of opera, dance and theater. Over 80 costumes sketches and drawings from Giorgi Armani, Robert Capucci, Enrico Ungarro, Valentino and Gianni Vercace were selected. In a very short time the ground floor of a commercial space in Beverly Hills was transformed into an exhibit space for Il Teatro alla Moda. The concept was to create a exhibit architecture that had the qualities of dance and fashion with flow and movement. Using a serpentine circulation path embraced by curvilinear walls and display stages. The lighting created theatrical drama. Costumes were lit with LED lights one accent light the same color as the costume and non colored lights to increase the intensity. Minimal lighting was used elsewhere besides on the costumes and drawings enhancing a theater ambiance. Visual axises and voyeur glimpses of what lays beyond entices the viewer to the next stage.
Tileco Showroom consolidated and relocated to an industrial type building previously occupied by a tire co.. The new location was conceived to provide a new face to the public and explore ways to provide a unique and optimal way to show their products. The new Entrance/Facade comprised of large canopies of corten steel and steel, relates to the urban scale and context (industrial area adjacent to the freeway). The cladded walls and planters reflect natural elements with tactile surfaces and natural rustic colors relating to the products they carry.
The interior “Tectonic Walls” provide a unique and accessible means to display stone and tile samples. Inspired by the the formation of stone and facetted rock faces, the Faceted and Angled surfaces that form the walls create numerous vantage points for the displays to be viewed through out the showroom. The open office desks/counters and display tables are partially fabricated with reclaimed wood that compliments the other materials and natural theme.