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Cassava Residence

Alterstudio Architects LLP

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dmadsen, hanley wood, llc

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Cassava Residence

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  • Kevin Alter, Ernesto Cragnolino AIA, Tim Whitehill


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Nestled into a 3.4-acre property in Westlake Hills, The Cassava residence creates an environment that privileges the direct experience of its natural surroundings. The 5000 SF house is set on a slope replete with a beautiful collection of Spanish and live oak trees, but one that also overlooks Westlake Drive, a busy thoroughfare. The house is sited along a contour line, and extends deep into the property, defining a cultivated courtyard uphill, while the rest of the property remains in its original state. The view from the public rooms is turned around, into this private oasis and up into the tree canopy. Passing through a glass bridge, the private rooms look the other way and frame views into the picturesque, unadulterated site. The kitchen is the heart of this home – situated at the place where all routes cross, and providing easy access to the garage, study alcove, dining room, pool deck and children’s bedrooms as might be necessary. Conceived as a casual ‘great room’, the kitchen is open to the family room and informal dining area, and is generally the place where family and friends congregate. An abundance of purpose built cabinetry rendered in light yellow & rift-sawn white oak, stunning Solistone glass tile and Caesarstone Blizzard countertops add a sense of finesse and whimsy to the ensemble. Where most of the houses along Westlake Drive present a public image of grandeur, the Cassava residence is barely visible from the street. Rather, its luxury lays the way the house expands the experience of dwelling here into range of circumstances present on the whole property.
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