Unlike every other project in the residential studio, this project was unique since it was by EYRC and for the Y+R in EYRC. The Kingsland residence is a modest budget, high impact remodel to a single family residence.
The concept of outside-in is showcased in the way the house becomes a backdrop for living.
The matte black paint neutralizes the house and accentuates the landscape (by Terremoto) as well as the interior spaces, minimal themselves with a few accents of art and furniture.
The site was a key driver in the decisions to alter the interior spaces, stripping away any unnecessary elements like recessed lights.
One major intervention was a large sliding door that pockets away to frame the backyard featuring gravel, bamboo and feathergrass becomes a primary feature of the interior living space.
Placing the dining table adjacent to this frame creates a stage for the most important moments of the day: eating with family.
The exterior spaces have Japanese nuances but are entirely Californian, becoming a focal point when experiencing the house from inside and out.
The construction uses simple, humble materials including marine-grade plywood. The Donald Judd-inspired kitchen is another focal point of the house, masking certain elements like the fridge and instead accentuating objects and art that are sentimental to the family.
The art pieces inside the residence are a combination of art by clients, including a light-bar by Johannes Girardoni with whom we designed the Spectral Bridge Residence, as well as notable artists like Hiroshi Sugimoto and Daido Moriyama, who serve as inspiration for Takashi especially. Books are a huge part of the family’s life therefore the custom casework housing the extensive book collection (also by Girardoni) is a focal point of the living space.
A continuous “work in progress” this project will evolve over time, as design is never done when you are your own client!