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Nightingale Residence, Los Angeles

Nightingale Residence, Los Angeles

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    Bruce Damonte

    The home's muted front elevation and plantings enhance the owners' privacy.

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    Bruce Damonte

    The back of the house surrounds a landscaped pool area and looks out onto views of Santa Monica Bay.

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    Bruce Damonte

    Oversized sliding doors let the owners take advantage of the site's natural breezes.

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    Bruce Damonte

    Ever-changing shadows enliven the long travertine wall slicing through the interiors.

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    Bruce Damonte

    Another view of the travertine wall, one of the jurors' favorite features.

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    Bruce Damonte

    A textured wall and in-floor lighting lend drama to the master bath.

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    Studio Pali Fekete architects

    Plans of the home's lower and main levels.

The judges loved the way this Los Angeles residence handles natural light. “The use of light as a form-giver here is very dramatic and interesting,” said one juror. Architect Zoltan E. Pali gathered the home’s simple rectilinear shapes around a south-facing courtyard and pool. Nearly all of the walls on the courtyard side are glass, allowing Southern California’s abundant sunshine to illuminate the interiors through much of the day. A beautifully textured travertine wall edges the north side of the main living space and is constantly washed with light from an unobtrusively placed skylight. “We wanted to bring light in from the top,” Pali explains.


Entrant/Architect: Studio Pali Fekete architects (SPF:a), Culver City, Calif.; Builder: Dugally Oberfeld, Bel Air, Calif.; Landscape architect: Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture, San Francisco; Interior designer: Simon Hamui Interiors, Mexico City; Living space: 9,268 square feet; Site: 0.7 acre; Construction cost: Withheld; Photographer: Bruce Damonte Photography.


Resources: Bathroom fittings: Hansgrohe, www.hansgrohe-usa.com; Bathroom fixtures: WETSTYLE, www.wetstyle.ca; Cooktop/oven: Miele, www miele.com; Exterior siding: Parklex, www.parklex.com; Flooring (carpet): Bentley Prince Street, www.bentleyprincestreet.com; Flooring (ceramic tile and stone): Ann Sacks, www.annsacks.com; Garbage disposal: InSinkErator, www.insinkerator.com; Hardware: Valli & Valli, www.vallivalli-us.com; HVAC equipment: Armstrong Air, www.armstrongair.com, York, www.york.com; Kitchen cabinets: Del Tongo, www.gruppodeltongo.com; Kitchen fittings: KWC, www.kwcamerica.com; Kitchen fixtures: BLANCO, www.blancoamerica.com; Lighting fixtures: Venini, www.venini.it; Paints/stains/wall finishes: Farrow & Ball, www.farrow-ball.com; Refrigerator: Thermador, www.thermador.com; Skylights: Lane-Aire, www.lane-aire.com; Windows: Fleetwood Windows & Doors, www.fleetwoodusa.net