Furman + Keil Architects
Abode | Fern Santini
This introverted house on a suburban lot in Westlake Hills cascades down a slope and opens into a natural landscape to the north.
With an understated street presence, this house reveals itself by creating a nonlinear plan that allows it to follow the contours of its site while creating a range of views and intimate experiences. Entry from the street is through a walled courtyard that shields the house from the southern exposure and provides privacy. The interplay of its volumes and materials establish the home’s defining rhythms of combining clean lines and rough-hewn materials. To build the house on both a difficult site and a narrow street, Crowell’s team began at the low end of the site and worked towards the street, gradually moving equipment and materials up the hill to expedite construction and minimize interference with the neighborhood.