Kaye Residence

TARZANA, CA

Designed by Gregory Ain in 1963, the Kaye Residence was organized as a series of hexagonal spaces with in rectilinear wings. In addition to its over-all restoration, our work involved the reconfiguration of a master bedroom suite, and the design of a pool house that remains un-built.

In the living areas we introduced built-in furnishings based on indications on Ain’s original drawings. Responding to the diagonal sides of the rooms, these in-situ furnishings destabilize the symmetries and introduce to the spaces a layer of complexity.

In the master bedroom suite, using the edge of the hexagon as a movement generator, we choreographed a ricochet against a wall of windows, creating a procession from sleeping, to dressing, to bathing. Residual spaces are in-filled with auxiliary functions, restoring the hexagons as centering yet dynamic stages for the most primary of daily rituals.

PHOTOS: Deborah Bird