June 14, 2021, 5:15 pm
Situated in the heart of famed Laurel Canyon sits an architectural gem designed with uncompromising attention to detail and an unparalleled vision. Jeffrey Daniels, FAIA, a protege of Frank Gehry, created both a dwelling and a piece of art with this architectural tour de force. Daniels is known for several other iconic Los Angeles structures including the David Hockney Residence in the Hollywood Hills and the Edythe and Eli Broad Studios at the California Institute of the Arts.
From the dramatic open beam ceilings to the stately touches of Douglas Fir, Oak and cherry throughout, the Lookout Mountain Residence exudes both warmth and style. The distinctive exterior features copper cladding and steel fins which draw the eye upward towards the sky, like a grand ship at sail. The current owners have made the unique residence their home for nearly twenty years. “The hidden surprise is that it feels like two homes at once,” they explain. “By day it’s a sunny, breezy, inspiring space that inspires your mind to roam and be creative. By night, it is distinctly warm and comforting like a modern cabin in the woods that calms the chaos of the day.”
Although the home was constructed on a challenging small lot, the residence itself never feels small. “The genius was designing all of the major living space onto one floor,” remarks the current owner. “The front balcony flows through the living room to the dining space, bar and kitchen, that then flows up into the garden. All of it a seamless usable space.” This seamless flow from indoor to outdoor space makes the home feel open and airy. Vaulted ceilings and large windows welcome natural light into the living room, illuminating the polished copper-clad fireplace which acts as a centerpiece and a functional work of art. Custom details such as this render the home a truly rare retreat, offering an essence uncommon in most other homes on the market today. The Lookout Mountain Residence is sure to inspire its next owners with this air of creativity and innovation.