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Mesa Residence
Los Angeles, CA


Mark Rios
Huay Wee
Aimee Less
Daniel Torres
Claudia Morello
Carolyn Sumida


Originally designed for themselves and built in 1992 by the husband-and-wife architecture firm Cigolle X Coleman, this experimental Santa Monica hillside house nestles in the treetops, with views of the Pacific Ocean. A young family purchased the 5,780 sq. ft. residence and hired our office as their architect, interior designer, and landscape architect for a top-to-bottom renovation.

We refined the organization of living spaces and extensively updated industrial and ad-hoc finishes, while still respecting the bones of the original design. The concept was to enhance the home's spectacular canyon views by encouraging flow between inside and out. Custom furniture and floor finishes tie in the outdoor living spaces. At night, the updated interiors overlook dramatically lit trees above a swimming pool whose color constantly changes.
The original glass, steel, and concrete finishes are still apparent, but they're softened by warm colors, luxurious furnishings and fabrics, and oil-rubbed bronze fireplaces. We introduced hand-scraped European white oak floors throughout, and installed a jewel-like chandelier that cascades down the central staircase, uniting all three levels. This central core is anchored by a bespoke onyx wine cellar, while the custom-built bar in the adjacent living room floats against a dramatically backlit translucent onyx wall.

Some of the most dramatic transformations are in the downstairs master suite. We removed cabinetry walls to create a sitting room and tucked the travertine-lined master bathroom against an exterior glass wall to open it to both the bedroom and the outdoors.