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Top: The exterior of the house is clad in wood panels that have a Bakelite core. The thinness of the material is expressed at the entry, where the wood panels meet a travertine wall. Because the distance between the street and the house is small, landscape architect Andrea Cochrane suggested a pathway that turns at right angles to create a sense of procession. Above: The gardens appear to come right inside the house. 54 a new contemporary house in a neighborhood that was developed in the ’50s. “The site, on a north-south ridge is quite spectacular, but the house was less so,” Pali says. “It was clear we could design a new house where virtually every room could enjoy the view south to the LA Basin. A new house could also provide a better indoor-outdoor flow.” Because of the existing height restrictions, the house needed to sit low on the landscape. The architect consequently designed the house in a U shape, wrapping it around a large entertaining terrace and a swimming pool. One leg search | save | share at of the U – the master bedroom wing – is shorter than the others, so that it doesn’t b lock the view from the family living area. “We positioned the house close to the west boundary, so it is not right on the edge of the ridge,” says Pali. “This ensures there is plenty of space for the outdoor living area and pool.” To maximize this position, the central wing of the house, with the main living and dining area, is clad in glass on three sides. “This appears as a very glassy, steel-framed pavilion inserted between the boxy forms of the two wings. The effect is heightened by the way