Lago Vista Guesthouse

Beverly Hills, CA United States

Aleks Istanbullu Architects


Project Description

2008 RADA

Custom / 3,500 Square Feet Or Less / Merit

“Green! So many projects are serious, and this one is fun,” enthused a judge. He was referring to the strangely clad cube that rises up on the edge of a wide canyon. Its swaying, variegated green stripes evoke the movement of canyon grasses while also making a playful statement about sustainability.

The jury appreciated the subversive humor. “It merges with the site, and then it doesn't,” said one member. “I like the blasphemous quality of it, setting up a dialogue between the natural and the artificial.”

One of the owners, a graphic artist, spent weeks custom-mixing the paint palette to match leaves that Aleks Istanbullu, AIA, had stripped from a nearby tree. “I had to convince them to do this odd color pattern, but she made it come home,” he says. “We had an owner who cared about what she ended up with and a builder who was meticulous.”


Project Details

Lago Vista Guesthouse
Shared by:
Project Team:
    Aleks Istanbullu, Principal In Charge; John Heglin, Project Architect.
  • General Contractor: Tom Hinerfeld 
  • Project Manager: Sanjiv Bajaj 
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Project Size:
    855 sq ft
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Specified Products

Backsplash:3Form; Bathroom and Kitchen Plumbing Fittings:KWC America; Bathroom Plumbing Fixtures:Americh Corp., Duravit USA; Brick/Masonry Products:Block Co.; Countertops:CaesarStone USA; Exterior Siding:CertainTeed Corp.; Freezer, Refrigerator:Perlick Corp.; Garbage Disposer:In-Sink-Erator; Hardware:Schlage Lock Co.; Hvac Equipment:YORK; Insulation:Owens Corning; Kitchen Plumbing Fixtures:Elkay USA; Lighting Fixtures:Liton Lighting; Paints/Stains:BEHR Process Corp., Benjamin Moore & Co.; Patio Doors, Windows:Milgard Windows; Range:Gaggenau USA/Canada; Roofing:GenFlex Roofing Systems; Security System:ADT Security Services; Sheathing: Pactiv Corp. (GreenGuard); Skylights/Roof Windows:Bristolite Skylights



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