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Lookout Residence with dramatic views over Los Angeles

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Lookout Residence is set on a dramatically elevated spur of land overlooking the Los Angeles basin in Beverly Hills, California designed by Bertram Architects. A set of carefully arranged planes and volumes comprise this modernist home for a couple and their small child.  Referred to as “the jewel box” owing to its finely articulated detailing, the four bedroom, four-and-a-half bathroom house expresses its quiet luxury through white terrazzo floors, black walnut wall paneling, and imported limestone.

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This is LEED certified home of the 21st Century.  Solar panels feed the property and honeycombed heating convection flooring atomically senses an increase or decrease in the homes temperature and adjusts accordingly year-round.  Built using green technology, utilizing solar power, and the highest efficiency products, appliances and technology available and low water/minimal maintenance landscaping.  Lutron lighting and shade system, fully wired for sound in all common areas.

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Designed in the International Style and using a palette of smooth coat stucco, steel, terrazzo, cork, walnut and glass, the rooms are visually seamless architectural elements that offer an array of quietly surprising details. Among them, floor to ceiling walnut panels, moving walls of glass, pocket doors and wide-view windows with concealed frames.

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The house channels the Neutra spirit with touches including a sculptural staircase with floating terrazzo treads and a floating limestone wall with display niches lined in walnut.  A sun drenched master bedroom with minimalist light displays and exploding city views.

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 Photos: Richard Horn

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