Located in the neighborhood of Pacific Palisades, California, Sycamore House is described to be as a laboratory for Michael Kovac Architects in their researches for sustainable architecture. The simple geometry of the architecture is driven by the sloped site, as the architects explain. But more than that, being located in an area where the neighbors’ houses have pretty modest scales, the part facing the street has just one floor, continuing in the back with volumes facing the Rivas Canyon.
The views are more spectacular here, so this was the position for the living room, framed by glass walls and continuing with a terrace and a fireplace right in the middle, having the sitting area faced towards the fire and the picture perfect landscape, too. A series of sustainable materials have been used in the construction, like reclaimed wood flooring or recycled glass tiles. The photovoltaic panels provide almost all the house’s power needs, completing the sustainable characteristic of Sycamore House.