Residential Design

VOL.2 2018

A business-to-business magazine focused on the collaborative process and talented work of residential architects and custom homebuilders.

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Crescent Drive Residence BEVERLY HILLS, CALIF. EHRLICH YANAI RHEE CHANEY ARCHITECTS On a tight urban lot, the design of a home's entryway goes far beyond con- ventional notions of curb appeal. It's not just about turning a friendly face to the street, but also creating privacy—a little distance between the front door and the sidewalk. Known for their simple com- positions and Japanese aesthetic, EYRC Architects designed an entry sequence for this Beverly Hills residence that is deeply satisfying on both counts. But it's not just the transition from outside to inside, public to private that feels calming and gracious. The entire house is designed for movement, rest, views, and reflection. "The young couple wanted a house that made sense for the two of them, or four of them in the future, and that would provide a great environment for entertaining," says partner Takashi Yanai, FAIA. "And privacy was very important to them." Located within easy walking distance of shops and restaurants, the house's exterior is comparable in scale and materials to its neighboring 1940s Spanish-style homes, but with a modern twist. The architects used interlocking geometries of stucco, board-formed concrete, and cedar siding to produce something both contemporary and warm for this urban oasis. Slightly L-shaped, its front volume is offset to Above: The front entry is pulled back from the street and into a small courtyard, creating a peaceful procession from public to private space. 55 VOL. 2, 2018 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGA ZINE.COM

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