Pittman Dowell Residence

La Crescenta, California

Located 15 miles north of Los Angeles at the edge of Angeles National Forest, the 3,500 square foot residence sits on 6 acres of land originally planned as a small hillside subdivision designed by Richard Neutra. Although three level pads were originally cleared, only one house, Neutra's 1952 Serulnic Residence, was built on the site. An extensive desert garden and outdoor pavilion occupies the second clearing. Today, the Pittman Dowell Residence sits on the last clearing, circumscribed by the winding driveway which leads to the Serulnic Residence on the bluff above.

Inside the house, living spaces unfold in a shifting array of framed views of spaces within the house and vistas out to the valley below. These perspective manipulations begin at the level of the room, collapsing and distending space through a series of non-parallel walls that never fully enclose the space of a room.

The M60 was selected for this contemporary, elegant home to complement the design and provide clean, bright light for a comfortable environment.

architect Michael Maltzan Architecture

photographer Iwan Baan Photography

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