Mills Studio Architects

Mills Studio Architects

Los Angeles, CA

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The Fehlau / de Lumeau Residence -- Mills Studio Architects. Completed in 2000.

In collaboration with the architect, contemporary artist Fred Fehlau and Greg de Lumeau have created a space where life, work and pleasure are one. Located in the northeastern foothills of Los Angeles just 15 miles from the city center, this epic structure unabashedly protrudes from the arid landscape.

The shell of the structure envelops approximately 4500 square feet of live/work space and is elegantly portioned off into both intimate and public spaces; including 3 bedrooms 2 baths and a full gourmet kitchen. Acting as a sort of fulcrum, the entire structure is intersected by an indoor/outdoor pool that is perilously cantilevered into the canyon. Entered from the master shower, the swimming pool also serves as a reflecting pool and evaporative cooling device.

According to Mr. Mills, "Steel was used for its aesthetics, its large span / open space capabilities, its ability to allow the building to touch the ground in as few places as possible, its ability to minimize interruptions to the existing natural drainage patterns, and as a response to the dangers of canyon fires."

The extensive use of wood, concrete and non-traditional materials serves to further the aesthetic. "Fred's artwork inspired many of the specific materials and treatments". The underlying grid and modular format within the shell present an uncommon opportunity for rearrangement of the interior spaces. Neither shy nor aloof, this world-class property beckons the creative mind.

Total lot size: 24,666 sq. ft.