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Home Inspired by Medieval Castles

This multi-story Californian home designed by Mutuus Studio was influenced by medieval castles and industrial buildings. Hollywood Hills House, named for its location, is located on a hillside lot in Los Angeles that is dotted with shrubs, cacti and oaks.

The house was designed for a couple who both work in the entertainment industry. Customers oriented themselves to their New York apartment and wanted a Californian house with a “highly regarded design with a modest footprint”.

The three-story house sits on a 45 percent slope and consists of rectilinear volumes that roughly form a V-shaped floor plan. There are terraces throughout the residence where customers can enjoy the pleasant climate of the region. The facades consist of a mixture of concrete, wood, glass and metal. On the south side of the apartment are the upper brackets above the site. The glass wall offers a panoramic view of the sparkling city. Public and private areas are distributed throughout the apartment. When designing the layout and the traffic routes in the house, Becker relied on her background in dance.

A foyer, a garage and a master bedroom are located on the top level, while a media room, storage space and laundry facilities are located on the lowest level. On the middle floor there is an open kitchen, a dining area and a living room as well as two bedrooms, a workshop and a study. Based on the Irish travels of customers and many visits to great castles in Europe, one enters a wood and steel bridge from the top of the site, which spans a secret garden through a monumental bronze door.

The finishes and decor of the home are eclectic, yet carefully considered – a mix of industrial chic and old world interiors. The style established in the public zone was used throughout the apartment. The house’s material palette included concrete, blackened steel, copper, cedar and smoking oak.

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