Sapire Residence | Award Winner

Pacific Palisades, CA
Single-Family Residential
18,000 sq ft
Team Members
2019 AIA San Ferndano Valley Design Award // 2020 American Architecture Award
Sapire Residence | Award Winner

Organic Materials Layered in the Mountains

With a spectacular view of the Santa Monica Mountains and the Pacific Ocean, the Sapire Residence is opened up for a fresh sea breeze and panoramic views.  Minimal in form, the layered design flows with an open and relatively informal floor plan to suit the needs of the homeowners.

Operable walls pull abundant daylighting deep into the common spaces. Six reconfigurable screens shield occupants from heat gain and the afternoon wind, allowing the owners to enjoy unobstructed ocean views any time of day or year.

In three distinct locations, landscaped topography “fingers” heighten one’s awareness of the natural hillside. Bridges span over these fingers, enhancing and extending the natural graded areas deep into the heart of the home. The design solution offers new perspectives for experiencing the owner’s prized views while providing a glimpse of the topography as it stood before the house was set upon it.

Meticulous craftsmanship and authentic building materials are recurring themes best exemplified by the widespread use of board-formed concrete walls, white oak shiplap wall cladding, and painted galvanized steel doors and windows. A datum of wall elevations was carefully laid out to align the joints of the seemingly random board-formed concrete with the adjacent wood boards that come in 3”, 4”, 5”, and 6” widths. Floors, ceilings, steps, lighting, speakers, keypad controls, and outlets were all carefully placed so that no element ever interrupts a joint in the boards.

The master suite features a sitting room accented by an artisanal punched metal fireplace. A gracious skylight illuminates the wood paneled hallway and show closets. The en-suite his/her bathroom configuration includes direct pool access and a private patio connected to the marble-clad double walk-in shower.

Sapire Residence | Award Winner