Blue Jay Way Residence
Los Angeles, CA
 

Obstacles:
Hillside construction with a rear 1:1 slope to the street below, development of long cantilever roof and floor spans, minimize obstacles to preserve the outstanding view, develop an out of grade infinity edge pool at the center of the building that extends from the entry to the rear slope.

Solutions

Below grade caissons and grade beams were used for the bluff edge foundations.  The lower level floor is a concrete slab on grade with cantilevered concrete decks overhanging the bluff top.  The upper floor and roof is wood joist with shallow steel beams that allow for the development of large cantilevered spans.  Steel moment frames are used throughout the building to maintain transparency and minimize view obstructions.  This incredible view ranges from the Pacific Ocean at Santa Monica on the Northwest to downtown Los Angeles on the Southeast.  Sidewalls acting as grade beams were used to support the 25 meter infinity edge lap pool that extends beyond the bluff face.

The house was featured in the book, 21st Century Houses, 150 of the World’s Best by Robyn Beaver.