It’s pretty impossible not to fall in love with Oak Pass Main House – not least because of the incredible infinity pool with envy-inducing panoramic views. However, it’s not just beautiful – it was cleverly and sensitively designed by architects Walker Workshop to ensure the protection of 130 coast live oak trees.
With the natural landscape at the heart of the design, the house is buried into the hillside, with only a one-storey pavilion peering over the top to make the most of the striking canyon vista beyond.
The main living areas including the kitchen, living space and dining room are contained within this glass pavilion on the upper level, each rotated slightly to maximise and frame the views. Floor-to-ceiling glass doors can be pushed right back into pockets in the walls, creating a greater connection between the internal and external spaces.
The house is absorbed into the landscape as much as possible; much of the lower level sits beneath a roof of edible herbs and vegetation, which integrates the structure into the hillside, while the 75 ft (23m) infinity pool creates continuity between the trees and their reflection in the water, accentuating the vastness of the landscape.
On the lower level, a hallway leads to the bedrooms, which also have the luxury of sweeping views across the canyon. A sunken courtyard flanks the hallway, bringing in plenty of natural daylight into the interior spaces while also providing a more intimate outside area for everyday use.
The material palette has also been carefully considered – a mix of concrete, limestone, marble and glass has been used throughout the design, with large panels of timber adding warmth to the interiors.
Oak Pass Main House was recently completed by Los Angeles based design-build firm Walker Workshop in 2016.