Tree Top Residence by Belzberg Architects

Creating dynamic vertical and horizontal relationships

Project Specs

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The Tree Top Residence celebrates the site’s complex landscape, merging with it seamlessly and emerging from it atop the canopy of trees that surround it. Built along a natural ridgeline, the long and narrow plan of the three-story house mimics and inverts the angles of the site’s topography, creating dynamic vertical and horizontal relationships.

▼建筑外观,exterior view

▼住宅从周围植被中露出身影,the residence emerges from atop the canopy of trees that surround it

▼建筑近景,a close view of the residence


Vertically, an eccentrically-helical stair functions as a primary organizing element and a sculptural gesture upon entry into the house. On the ground floor, it acts as a threshold into the open plan; on the floor above, it separates the master suite and children’s quarter, while providing a light well to the basement. Horizontally, walls are used sparingly in favor of fluidly connected spaces. Movement and views between dining areas, kitchen, play and gathering spaces are uninterrupted, and floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors blend the interior with the outside.

▼螺旋楼梯成为组织空间的基本元素,the eccentrically-helical stair functions as a primary organizing element

▼楼梯井被天窗照亮,the stair well is illuminated by the skylight

▼从水平方向上看,住宅内极少使用隔墙,以实现相互贯通的流畅空间,horizontally, walls are used sparingly in favor of fluidly connected spaces


Hidden from the street, the residence is insulated from its neighbors, but open to its site. Canted limestone louvers, and dense planting on the north facade shield the interior from the closest adjacency. Conversely, the rest of the building opens to the site with floor-to-ceiling glazing, relying on both the house’s generous distance from the property line, and the densely wooded valley below to create a natural screen. The design culminates in the master bedroom, which features full-height sliding doors at its cantilevered corner. The orchestration of this view, overlooking a dense canopy of trees, embodies the intent to offer respite from the city below.

▼客厅,living room

▼主卧室悬空的拐角处装有通高的的滑动门,the master bedroom features full-height sliding doors at its cantilevered corner

▼城市上空的休憩之所,a respite from the city below

▼室外平台,outdoor terrace



Project Name: Tree Top Residence
Client: Confidential
Location: Los Angeles, USA
Completion Date: 2015
Budget: Confidential
Project Team: Belzberg Architects
Hagy Belzberg (Partner-in-Charge)
David Cheung (Project Manager)
Daniel Rentsch, Jennifer Wu, Chris Sanford, Barry Gartin, Susan Nwankpa, Brock DeSmit, Chris Arntzen, Glenn Ginter, Andrew Kim, Ashley Coon
Interior Designer: Curated, Inc.
Landscape Architect: Pamela Burton & Company Landscape Architecture
Structural Engineer: Thornton Tomasetti
MEP Engineer: South Coast Engineering
Civil Engineer: Fuscoe Engineering, Inc.
Soils Engineer: Grover Hollingsworth & Associates, Inc.
Specifications: InterSpec
General Contractor: Winters Schram Associates
Surveyor: Northlake Surveying
Expeditor: Kimberlina Whettam & Associates
Project Management: Planning Partners Limited
Special Fabrication: Spectrum Oak (Stairs), Funtime Cabinet Factory (Millwork), Fusion Flooring (Kitchen Stair and wood flooring)
Photo credit: Bruce Damonte

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