Three-pronged Orum Residence by SPF Architects offers sweeping views of Bel Air - architecture and design

Three-pronged Orum Residence by SPF Architects offers sweeping views of Bel Air



California studio SPF Architects has wrapped the top level of this three-winged residence in Bel Air with glazing to provide ample sunlight and views of its hilly surrounds in Los Angeles.

Local firm SPF Architects designed Orum Residence for a hilltop in Bel Air ? a neighbourhood located on the west side of the city.
Measuring 18,800 square feet (1,746 square metres), the house comprises three rectangular wings that protrude out in different directions from a central point. The upper level of each is wrapped fully in windows to offer sweeping views of the Los Angeles Basin.

The glass curtain wall was developed by Swiss company Sky-Frame to include five different window widths and four different glass opacities ? reflective, opaque, translucent  and clear. This creates a shifting and shimmering exterior.
As well as making the most of vistas, the three-pronged layout also informed the arrangement of the interiors inside the residence, which has two levels above ground and one subterranean and a flat roof.
An entry and living room in one wing, while another wing accommodates a dining table for 10 people, a pantry and a spacious kitchen for the client to entertain guests.

"The client wanted a luxurious house where she could throw large events and host her extended family, but she also wanted it to feel welcoming," said SPF Architects founder Zoltan E Pali in a project statement. "Our answer was to distribute the programme across three 'blades' that radiate f...
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