The Payne Residence - Crosby Doe Associates, Inc.

Christopher Payne, AIA

The Payne Residence



Architect’s own residence! Functionalism transcends the box in this suave exploration of contemporary modernism on a street-to-street double-lot with sweeping views, pool and a separate loft-like concrete & glass studio. Mirroring the distant crest of the high San Gabriels, Payne’s design exploits both the gentle horizontal curve of Ronda Vista Place & dramatic verticality in the cliff-like forms presented to the down-slope garden and pool. Within, distant vistas and high-ceilinged space are bent and refracted, as if natural crystalline forms had grown and merged into a sequence determined by geologic, natural geometries. Ceilings covered with faceted, origami-like cherry panel continue the quartz-formation effect and give the sunken living room, dining room and kitchen a playful and pleasing complexity, as well as give warm contrast to smoothly continuous terrazzo floors. Upstairs, family living quarters enjoy substantial separation and dazzling views, as well as ample all-day sun. Rarely does such restrained use of modern materials seem so rich and sheltering. Residence includes: 4 bedrooms, 5 baths + studio with separate Lyric Avenue entrance & 2-car garage. Additional 1-car garage accesses kitchen off Ronda Vista Place. Selected for the 2008 AIA Home Tour.


  • 5 Bedrooms
  • 3.5 Bathrooms
  • Property Size: 4106 sf
  • Christopher Payne, AIA: Architect
  • Property ID: 686

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  • Address: 3813 Ronda Vista Place
  • City: Los Angeles
  • State/county: CA
  • Zip/Postal Code: 90027
  • Country: United States
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