AIA|LA Tours: Mulholland Drive Residence
November 15,
Mulholland Dr., Los Angeles

AIA|LA Tours: Mulholland Drive Residence 
Wednesday, November 15th. 5:00-6:30PM. 
Designed by: a l m project inc. 
AIA Members: $35 - Non-members: $45

This tour has SOLD OUT!

The restoration and expansion of the Ward House, a landmarked Bel Air residence on Mulholland Drive, doubles its livable space while emphasizing thoughtful proportions and sight lines. It was paramount to preserve the integrity of the historic house, originally designed by Case Study architect Rodney Walker in 1954, but to give it a distinctly contemporary feel.
True to the scale and simplicity of the original structure, the annex is carefully nested in the hillside. New and old are connected only via a concrete bridge, a catwalk library that meets the second floor of the Walker house on natural grade. With its top floor cantilevered above the hillside and reoriented to capture distant mountain views, the annex footprint remains contained and distinct from the old house.
While employing current building technology to achieve a contemporary architectural solution, the new construction takes cues from the historic house – honoring the Case Study philosophy of economy in which the skin of a building derives from its structure, and of pure materials thoughtfully applied in context. So the lower level walls are exposed cast in place concrete, while the cantilevered section is a steel frame with cement board cladding (exterior) and ash paneling (interior). Features like the custom formed retaining wall, built to resemble the original house’s cladding, embeds its memory, creating an aesthetic that links past to future.
Both commanding and discreet, maximizing the flow of natural light and air, and pushing the concept of indoor/outdoor living, the annex is airborne over the property and open to extensive views.
Designed by Andrea Lenardin, principal of a l m project, a Los Angeles-based practice with an eye to the broader domain of placemaking.
In their residential work a l m project recognizes and challenges the convention of strictly coded domestic spaces, actively seeking imaginative design solutions that enable the fusion of live/work and simply inspire to “live more”.