We find this beautiful Stradella residence in sunny Bel Air, Los Angeles. An impressive achievement of EYRC Architects where serenity, light, subdued colours and materials and breathtaking views are central.
The talent and creative mind behind this villa is Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney Architects, or EYRC in short, a versatile design agency based in Los Angeles and San Francisco. They have an international reputation for excellence in design and set an example in the professional design world. With their beautiful projects, they have already won more than 150 awards. It was therefore high time to put one of their achievements in the spotlight here. All their designs, which are approached with a humanistic approach that they themselves call 'multicultural modernism', are admirable. But our eye immediately fell on the beautiful Stradella residence that was completed this year.
EYRC transforms house into an open and light home
Originally it was a one-storey house built in 1969. The current owner grew up here and wanted to renovate it into a new home. She left this to EYRC who transformed it into a beautiful, modern home. The residence gained an extra floor in addition to a totally new look. The goal was to create more space and especially to merge and connect interior and exterior as the house has a breathtaking and wide view of the mountains and the Stone Canyon Reservoir. In this way, the rooms became very open and show very spacious. The kitchen, dining and living space merge into one another and the large sliding windows also provide an extra light and open feeling. Spaces are defined by large areas in the same colour and/or material. Think of walls, furniture, the floor and the stairs. This staircase is a true bold architectural element on the ground floor that provides a strong visual statement. On the newly added floor there are two bathrooms, a second living space and a large master bedroom suite. The colour palette throughout the house consists of sober and natural colours such as beige, white, black and brown. "A subdued colour and material palette ensures that the architecture remains focused on the views," say the architects. These views almost blend into the interior and serve as decoration. Due to the natural and neutral materials and colours and ceiling-high windows, the interior and exterior blend into one another.
Courtesy of Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney Architects (EYRC)
Photographer: Paul Vu