- Type: Modern Contemporary
- Bedrooms: 5
- Bathrooms: 7
- Size: 7,078 sq. ft.
- Lot: 0.28 acres
- Built: 2012
Situated in the shallow hills directly above the Pacific Coast Highway at both the near edge of the Pacific Ocean and the foot of the Santa Monica Mountains, the Ziering Residence is immediately surrounded by the foothills of the mountain range leading to Topanga State Park and a small grove of trees that give way to the iconic Getty Villa.
Aptly located on a sweeping corner lot of Tranquillo Road, which is Spanish for “quiet, calm and serene”, the Ziering Residence is a thoughtful exploration into the inherent counter-play between the two natural energies, emphasized by the home’s curved layout and a consistent juxtaposition of density and tone.
Following a minimalist design ethos emphasizing a small home feel devoid of anything that wasn’t strong, necessary, and beautiful, the aim was to make the exterior as inconspicuous as possible, in order to create the illusion that the home wasn’t built but simply emerged. The resulting street-view is unassuming with a low-slung structural profile and front façade that harmoniously integrates into the surrounding homes and landscape. A gently curved exterior that follows the natural arch of the street, and the use of 1×2 Ipe wood battens that conceal the entry, garage doors, and the majority of the interior’s whole reinforces the seamless and unobtrusive quality of the home.
The Ziering Residence utilizes an open floor plan with the living, dining, parlor, and kitchens spread along a curve, giving way to a corner master suite and leading to a lower level with a pair of children’s bedrooms opening up onto a sunken courtyard. Unlike the front, the rear courtyard area is completely transparent, clad in sliding glass panels that open the entirety of the house to the outdoors. A deep overhang creates a covered area for al-fresco living, shaded by a fourteen-foot canopy linking a sequence of open living areas to a terraced garden and pool.
- Architect: SPF Architects
- Photography: Bruce Damonte, John Linden
- Location: 257 Tranquillo Rd, Pacific Palisades, CA, USA