The Romance Of Concrete And Steel In Laurel Canyon, $1.875M

By Philip Ferrato

Since the 1950s, Laurel Canyon has been a neighborhood of innovative architecture, and this new project by the architecture firm Mutuo joins that long tradition. Tasked by the developer to create three homes on a steep downslope, the firm placed the homes dramatically against a 20-foot-high retaining wall, creating room for deeply shaded patios, plus extensive roof decks, for an abundance of outdoor space.

The simple palette of materials, with cedar shingles, whitewashed shotcrete (a type of industrial-grade stucco) and blackened steel, all evoke a mood rarely seen in the Hollywood Hills.

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