Chalon Road Residence
This residence is derived from a clear and simple concept that draws its inspiration from the unique site, consisting of dense canopy and unencumbered views of the surrounding canyons. Like the site, the house is composed of two distinct and equally appealing parts – private and public - that are defined by a thick interior wall running physically and figuratively through the length of the house and beyond.
The landscape is also defined by the wall: wild and natural, reflecting the surrounding chaparral hillsides and canyons, and manicured lawn - a nod to the client's east coast nostalgia.
Status: Completed in 2001
Project Size: 3,800 s.f.
Architectural Team: Rocky Rockefeller, AIA, Michael Hricak, FAIA, Christopher Kempel, AIA, Keith Ireland, AIA
Photography: Douglas Hill
Press: Dream Homes Los Angeles
Inspired by the rough, tactile charm of shoreline shacks, our client commissioned us to reinterpret a “modern beach home.” Consequently, the design draws its personality from the site’s proximity to the Pacific Ocean and prominent position on the corner of a Manhattan Beach walk-street. A centrally located courtyard garden heightens the classic indoor-outdoor connection to the communal spaces of the first floor and brings warmth and light to the bedrooms and office on the floor above. A gentle wood stair, punctured by glass slots, encourages additional views and moments of sunshine as visitors ascend to the third floor. This final space, complete with a wet bar and spacious deck, satisfies our clients’ natural affinity for lounging beneath Southern California sunsets.
Status: Completed in 2012
Project Size: 4,941 s.f.
Architectural Team: Christopher Kempel, AIA, Rocky Rockefeller, AIA, Keith Ireland, AIA, Bridget Zimniski, Anthony Laney
Drawing from the heritage of a traditional farmhouse, this modern residence expresses the beauty of a home both classic and contemporary, orthodox and original.
Status: Design Phase
Project Size: 7,220 s.f.
Architectural Team: Christopher Kempel, AIA, Rocky Rockefeller, AIA, Anthony Laney, Michelle Ackerman
Set at the highest point of a forest clearing in the beautiful Willamette Valley, this modern residence is designed to both frame expansive valley views and revel in the mystical shelter of layered pine trees.
Status: Design Phase
Project Size: 7,660 s.f.
Architectural Team: Christopher Kempel, AIA, Rocky Rockefeller, AIA, Keith Ireland, AIA, Anthony Laney, Beatriz Yuan