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When a property has a dramatic outlook, be it a glittering cityscape or lush tropical garden, it makes sense to design a home that opens up to the setting – effectively making the scenery part of the ambience. This glamorous residence, created by Landry Design Group, sits high above the Sunset Strip – looking to downtown Los Angeles one way and Santa Monica the other. The home is a match for the setting, and the sense of drama starts on arrival. Approaching from the motor court, guests are greeted by an elegant, playful composition of forms and materials, says Landy Design associate William Mungall. “The gently curved stucco and Italian limestone-clad walls provide privacy from the street while the gleaming glass stair tower acts a little like a guiding lantern,” he says. “A backlit bronze-finish screen frames the central large glass entry door which offers visitors a glimpse of the city light show to be enjoyed from inside.” The house is built over three levels, stepped down the steep hillside, with the bottom level opening up to the rear yard. Previous pages: Dramatic entrance – a gently curving wall of Italian limestone and stucco provides a private face to this home from the motor court. The large glass front door gives a glimpse of the spectacular Los Angeles cityscape to come. The house is by architecture firm Landry Design Group. Above: The open, city-side side of the home is a picture of modern forms, glass walls and indooroutdoor spaces. The curved forms of the front of the house are continued through the residence for inter ior walls, hard landscaping and the pool. search | save | share at