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Maximizing views and indoor outdoor living in SoCo: Riggs Place

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Riggs Place Residence was designed by Soler Architecture to emphasize Southern California indoor / outdoor lifestyle, located in the Westchester section of Los Angeles. Completed in 2008, this 6,500 square foot ground up house features an L-shaped layout which envelopes the pool area and opens the rear of the house to the expansive yard and territorial views of the city and mountains beyond.

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Large sliding patio doors stack and disappear, blurring the distinction between inside and outside and give this home its expansive feel. Large cantilevered roof planes knit the one-story and two-story masses together and are clad in anthracite zinc with large bamboo soffits and ceiling planes.

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The steel screen provides privacy for the entry and protects against the western sun, while automated clerestory windows allow the cooling ocean breezes to naturally flow through the space. Texture such as bamboo ceilings and a tumbled stone hearth lend to the character of this home.

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Daytime electrical requirements are satisfied by rooftop photovoltaic cells and domestic water is preheated through a rooftop re-circulating system and stored in a holding tank for later use.

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The expansive living space, indoor/outdoor patio area and dining room are divided by an open central fireplace with a stone hearth and seating.

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The large open fireplace defines the living room area from the dining room without disrupting the connection between the two spaces.

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While the living room, dining room, kitchen and bar are in one central space, the room maintains a sense of division.

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The dining room area is defined on one side by the open fireplace and is adjacent to both the wine room and kitchen bar.

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The indoor/outdoor experience is emphasized by the large sliding glass doors, an outdoor kitchen area, and an open fireplace that encourages guests to sit around the fire.

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The master suite is characterized by high ceilings, bold motifs and opens to a large, private balcony with views of the city.

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This bright and serene bathroom gets a modern twist from a floating vanity and shelves, a step-up soaking tub, a large clerestory window, and floor-to-ceiling mosaic wall tile.

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At night, the brightly lit interiors and lights from the pool and trees seamlessly connect indoor and outdoor spaces.

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Photos: Courtesy of Soler Architecture

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