Barrington Residence

Barrington Residence

Architect
Eric Rosen Architects
Location
Los Angeles, United States
Project Year
2015
Category
Housing
Joe Fletcher

Barrington Residence

Eric Rosen Architects as Architects

The design for this 9500sf single-family home was informed by the site’s topography and context, a desire to blur the lines between interior and exterior spaces, and inspiration from Gordon Matta-Clark’s Splitting.


While the descending hillside property hinted at more open vistas, the existing split-level home was a large barrier to these views with dark interiors having little connection to the surrounding context. From a few remaining remnants of the existing foundations emerged a new series of volumes and spaces that are a direct extension of the terrain.


Taking inspiration from Matta-Clark’s Splitting, the first gesture was to slice into the descending slope to create an entry to the main level spaces set deeper into the hillside. This slice begins outside with a series of concrete landings floating over a water-feature and continues inside as an incision through the building’s roof lines to the sky.


To contrast this slice, the pool house rises from the ground like a displaced mass on the north side of the house, becoming an anchor to a series of ascending and descending planes. In the same way that Matta-Clark represents Splitting in his collage of offsetting photographs, the interior and exterior spaces were organized as various cascading planes spiraling around the pool house mass. These planes become a series of interior and exterior habitable spaces enhancing the experience of the overall site. Roof becomes yard, yard becomes deck, deck becomes interior space, and all culminates in a secluded light well and zen garden at the deepest most cut.

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