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The reinterpreted bay windows gesture to the street, bringing light to the master suite and hiding the tile roof lurking in the back.

Hollywood Hills Residence

Hollywood Hills Residence

  • The reinterpreted bay windows gesture to the street, bringing light to the master suite and hiding the tile roof lurking in the back.

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    The reinterpreted bay windows gesture to the street, bringing light to the master suite and hiding the tile roof lurking in the back.

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    Benny Chan / Fotoworks

    The reinterpreted bay windows gesture to the street, bringing light to the master suite and hiding the tile roof lurking in the back.

  • The relocated stair offers direct access to the backyard.

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    The relocated stair offers direct access to the backyard.

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    The relocated stair offers direct access to the backyard.

  • The new interior features rift-cut white oak, glass mosaics, limestone, recycled oak concrete, and epoxy resin throughout.

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    The new interior features rift-cut white oak, glass mosaics, limestone, recycled oak concrete, and epoxy resin throughout.

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    Benny Chan / Fotoworks

    The new interior features rift-cut white oak, glass mosaics, limestone, recycled oak concrete, and epoxy resin throughout.

  • The master suite gets lots of natural light.

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    The master suite gets lots of natural light.

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    Benny Chan / Fotoworks

    The master suite gets lots of natural light.

  • The architects pulled the kitchen to a more prominent location in the floor plan, which fits seamlessly in the new open plan.

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    The architects pulled the kitchen to a more prominent location in the floor plan, which fits seamlessly in the new open plan.

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    Benny Chan / Fotoworks

    The architects pulled the kitchen to a more prominent location in the floor plan, which fits seamlessly in the new open plan.

  • Clad in Ivory Carat concrete boards, the two window boxes stand as sentinels over the revamped entry courtyard.

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    Clad in Ivory Carat concrete boards, the two window boxes stand as sentinels over the revamped entry courtyard.

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    Benny Chan / Fotoworks

    Clad in Ivory Carat concrete boards, the two window boxes stand as sentinels over the revamped entry courtyard.

  • A ship's ladder at the top of stairs provides access to the home's roof top deck.

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    A ship's ladder at the top of stairs provides access to the home's roof top deck.

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    Benny Chan / Fotoworks

    A ship's ladder at the top of stairs provides access to the home's rooftop deck.

  • The glass window in the master bath offers privacy from the street but still permits light.

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    The glass window in the master bath offers privacy from the street but still permits light.

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    Benny Chan / Fotoworks

    The glass window in the master bath offers privacy from the street but still permits light.

  • The master bathroom features a solid surface vanity atop a rift-cut white oak base. Limestone tiles line the floor and shower, while an ipe "rug" is set into the  floor.

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    The master bathroom features a solid surface vanity atop a rift-cut white oak base. Limestone tiles line the floor and shower, while an ipe "rug" is set into the floor.

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    Benny Chan / Fotoworks

    The master bathroom features a solid surface vanity atop a rift-cut white oak base. Limestone tiles line the floor and shower, while an ipe "rug" is set into the floor.

  • A diagram showing the home's new circulation and connections to the outdoor spaces.

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    A diagram showing the home's new circulation and connections to the outdoor spaces.

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    Courtesy Griffin Enright Architects

    A diagram showing the home's new circulation and connections to the outdoor spaces.

  • The existing first floor plan before demolition.

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    The existing first floor plan before demolition.

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    The existing first floor plan before demolition.

  • The reorganized first level.

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    The reorganized first level.

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    The reorganized first level.

  • Existing second level before demolition.

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    Existing second level before demolition.

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    Existing second level before demolition.

  • The new second floor has a more coherent plan and an added volume in the back.

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    The new second floor has a more coherent plan and an added volume in the back.

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    The new second floor has a more coherent plan and an added volume in the back.

griffin enright architects, los angeles

Griffin Enright Architects choreographed a series of simple moves that brought space, light, and architectural interest to this ordinary California home. The firm’s work “totally subsumed a rather banal house and made it extraordinary,” one judge observed.

Located on a steep hilltop overlooking Hollywood, the circa 1940s tract home had dark, chopped-up spaces and a poor indoor/outdoor connection, despite various renovations, says Margaret Griffin, AIA. She and partner John Enright, AIA, LEED AP, stripped the house, retaining reusable elements where possible; eliminated four walls on the ground floor; inserted a two-room addition; and pushed the staircase to the back. “The new location of the stair allowed us to seamlessly unify the five different levels of the house,” Griffin explains.

Large sliding and folding doors open up the house to the front courtyard, and two large street-facing window boxes bring light to the second-floor master suite. The high-contrast palette of dark- and light-colored materials offered a means of “playing with spatial volume,” she adds.


Project Credits
principals in charge: Margaret Griffin, AIA, and John Enright, AIA, LEED AP, Griffin Enright Architects
project architect: Margaret Griffin, AIA; general contractor: Art Lopez, design plus construction (dcon), Los Angeles
landscape architect / interior designer: Margaret Griffin, AIA, Griffin Enright Architects
project size: 1,900 square feet (before), 2,300 square feet (after)
site size: Approximately 0.1 acre
construction cost: Withheld
photography: Benny Chan/Fotoworks

Product Details
bathroom fittings: Hansgrohe (Axor) www.axor-design.com, Kohler Co. www.kohler.com; bathroom fixtures: Duravit USA www.duravit.us, Kohler Co. www.kohler.com; cooktop: Gaggenau www.gaggenau.com; countertops: DuPont (Corian) www.corian.com; dishwasher: Bosch Home Appliances www.bosch-home.com; doors, windows: Fleetwood Windows & Doors www.fleetwoodusa.com; hardware: Omnia Industries www.omniaindustries.com; hvac equipment: Electrolux Major Appliances www.electroluxappliances.com; kitchen fittings: Dornbracht Americas www.dornbracht.com; kitchen fixtures: Just Manufacturing www.justsinks.com; lighting fixtures: BEGA/US www.bega-us.com, Birchwood Lighting www.birchwoodlighting.com, Con-Tech Lighting www.con-techlighting.com, DaSal Industries www.dasalindustries.com, Liton Lighting www.liton.com; oven/range: Miele www.miele.com; refrigerator: Sub-Zero www.subzero.com; skylights/roof windows: Sun Valley Skylights www.sunvalleyskylights.com

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