LR2 House overlooks Pasadena and its adjacent mountains from its hillside perch. This new 4,200-square-foot house is made up of several distinct living volumes and programs. In response to the client’s desire to retain a significant portion of the existing flat pad between adjacent slopes, the volumes are stacked to create a rotated series of rectangular masses abutting the hillside, each with its own take on indoor/outdoor space. Outdoor breezeways, porches, courtyards, covered walkways and an immense rooftop deck extend the reaches of the limited floor area to the natural chaparral and views beyond. The house includes guest suites, a home office, gym, and theatre screening room, as well as abundant outdoor spaces, all taking in views of the surrounding hills and valley.

LR2’s programmatic elements peel away from the primary group of building blocks and shift to follow the rough slope of the hillside terrain. The intended entry sequence flows with the landscape, guiding visitors along a reaching sidewalk that extends under the mass of the building. The compression of the resulting space offers a unique arrival experience incorporating the natural creek just beyond front door, which is nestled on the second floor.

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The LR2 House is perched on a hillside overlooking Pasadena and its adjacent mountains.

The three main levels programmatically function independently with a spine of vertical access through each.

The angular, concrete panel facade is carved inward to maintain privacy. Once inside, the facade gives way to a light-filled interior with indoor/outdoor living spaces framing views.

The plan is rotated and shifted and the envelope sculpted to maximize views to the surrounding hills

The dark, angular, panel facade gives way to a light-filled interior of soft wood and bright white finishes.

A neutral interior palette creates a backdrop for the family’s art and photography collection.

Exterior skin defines an interior space that, when extruded out, becomes additional
livable / occupiable space

  • Sarlan Builders
  • Kevin Scott


  • House (Single Residence)
  • Year
  • 2018
  • Square Feet
  • 4200