Twin Houses is contemporary house consists of two twin houses sited adjacent to each other on a steep slope above a seasonal watershed located in Palisades, between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Monica Mountains. This house was design by Predock_Frane Architects. The architects interested in exploring the intersection of two classic California building typologies: the courtyard house and the hillside house.
This typological hybrid “corrected” certain shortcomings in the hillside prototype. The central courtyard creates a large protected outdoor living space secluded from direct engagement with adjacent properties. The main courtyard and adjacent courtyard/recesses pierce the entire volume of the house creating light shafts to rooms typically “buried” in the hillside and further expanding direct access to grounded exterior spaces. The exterior surfaces are rough cut, transitioning to smooth finishes on the interior surfaces.