Architect Couple’s L.A. Courtyard House Comes With a Scalloped, Round Kitchen Island and Le Corbusier Lighting

Bright living area with green kitchen cabinets and a six-seat dining set. Photos
by Cameron Carothers, courtesy of Bryony Atkinson and George Penner

Plus a pink-and-green bathroom.

Location: Silver Lake, Los Angeles
Year built: 2019
Architects: Annie Ritz and Daniel Rabin, And And
And Studio
Specs: 3 beds, 3 baths, 2,257 square feet, 0.16
acres
Price: $2,750,000

Architects love to live and build in Silver Lake — everybody
from
John Lautner
and
Richard Neutra
in the ’30s and ’40s to, decades later,
Michael Rotondi
and Barbara
Bestor
, have designed homes for themselves in the
neighborhood’s hills.

More recently, Annie Ritz and Daniel Rabin, XTEN Architecture
and Bestor alums who founded their own firm, And And And
Studio
, in 2017, have worked on three different living spaces
for themselves in Silver Lake. The husband-and-wife duo’s latest
and most extensive personal project,
1655 North Benton Way
, is now on the market half a mile south
of the Silver Lake Reservoir.

Courtyard with plants, chairs, and a tree. The
courtyard has been landscaped with drought-tolerant California
native plants and a mature olive tree.

When the couple acquired the property in 2017, it contained a
generic 1950s stucco box measuring just over 1,300 square feet.
This was taken down to the studs and transformed into a
board-and-batten-clad structure that wraps around its front
courtyard in an L shape, with the longer section holding the
bedrooms and bathrooms and the shorter section containing the
kitchen, dining, and living areas. Oversize glass sliders connect
the house with its courtyard and rear swimming pool while keeping
the rooms suffused with natural sunlight.

Whereas their new work in Santa Monica Canyon (recently
spotlighted in
Sight Unseen
) plays with arches, this project was all about
circles — seen in the scalloped kitchen island, cutouts in the
door and wall, as well as multiple mirrors and spherical light
fixtures (included in the sale).

Speaking of lighting: “Some of our favorites include designs
by Le Corbusier — the Lampe de
Marseille
and Applique
de Marseille
sold by Nemo,” says Ritz. “Plus the
Aballs wall lamp
by Parachilna and the Bola Disc wall and
Bola Disc pendant
by Pablo.”

Take a virtual tour here.

Kitchen with green cabinets and a round wooden island.Calacatta-marble
countertops and white-oak floors heighten the Kelly-green
cabinetry’s visual impact.Living area with a yellow couch, two round coffee tables, and a large pendant lamp. Fifteen-foot-high
vaulted ceilings make the interior feel airy and
expansive.A hallway with white ball-shaped lamps on the wlals.A
circle motif runs throughout the home, including the hallway lined
with white Aballs wall lamps. Bedroom with pitched roofs, a small pendant light, and wooden headboard. In
the master bedroom, beadboard paneling adds texture and warmth
while a Bola Disc pendant light creates a lightweight touch.
 Wood,
brass, marble, and tile combine for a cozy, soothing effect in the
master bath. Green
tile and pastel-pink walls give a second bath a playful appeal. The
grout is also a custom-mixed shade of pink. The
heated swimming pool is sited at the rear of the lot. At
the front of the property, between the street and the house, is a
converted garage-studio with accordion glass doors and built-in
shelving.

Source: FS – All – Architecture 10
Architect Couple’s L.A. Courtyard House Comes With a
Scalloped, Round Kitchen Island and Le Corbusier Lighting