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Californians get a taste of the high life with MAD hilltop village

Californians get a taste of th...
Gardenhouse is due to be completed later this year
Gardenhouse is due to be completed later this year
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Gardenhouse is due to be completed later this year
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Gardenhouse is due to be completed later this year
 Gardenhouse is a high-end residential project meant to resemble a small village on top of a hill
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 Gardenhouse is a high-end residential project meant to resemble a small village on top of a hill
Gardenhouse consists of a large podium and 18 houses scattered atop 
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Gardenhouse consists of a large podium and 18 houses scattered atop 
"We want to bring the green atmosphere into what would traditionally be considered compact, condo living, by breaking down the scale and massing of the building," says MAD
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"We want to bring the green atmosphere into what would traditionally be considered compact, condo living, by breaking down the scale and massing of the building," says MAD
"Rather than develop architecture where nature exists around the building, we want to give residents the experience of being in the middle of nature, while they enjoy the conveniences of big city living," adds MAD 
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"Rather than develop architecture where nature exists around the building, we want to give residents the experience of being in the middle of nature, while they enjoy the conveniences of big city living," adds MAD 
Gardenhouse recently topped out 
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Gardenhouse recently topped out 
Once completed, Gardenhouse's podium will be covered in native, drought-tolerant greenery
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Once completed, Gardenhouse's podium will be covered in native, drought-tolerant greenery
Gardenhouse's residences are arranged to foster the feel of a small private neighborhood
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Gardenhouse's residences are arranged to foster the feel of a small private neighborhood

The always-interesting MAD Architects' first US project is nearing completion (the Lucas Museum is still a few years away yet). Located in Beverly Hills, California, Gardenhouse is a luxury residential development that aims to offer its residents the tranquility of living in a small hilltop village, while retaining the conveniences of city life.

Gardenhouse consists of a large podium that serves as an artificial hill, with a total of 18 houses placed atop it. And, though it looks a bit bare at the moment, once completed, the podium will be covered in native, drought-tolerant greenery. At ground level it will provide commercial spaces to rent.

While this arrangement could result in impressive views for residents, to go with the high-end accommodation on offer, the noise of people and traffic passing below may spoil the illusion of living peacefully in nature.

Once completed, Gardenhouse's podium will be covered in native, drought-tolerant greenery
Once completed, Gardenhouse's podium will be covered in native, drought-tolerant greenery

Will residents really get any meaningful sense of rural life from this inner-city project? It's hard to say until it's finished, but the attempt reflects MAD's interest in blending architecture with nature – a theme that runs deep in the firm.

"We want to bring the green atmosphere into what would traditionally be considered compact, condo living, by breaking down the scale and massing of the building," says MAD. "Rather than develop architecture where nature exists around the building, we want to give residents the experience of being in the middle of nature, while they enjoy the conveniences of big city living."

Gardenhouse's 18 homes will consist of three townhouses, two studios, five villas, and eight condominiums – all carefully arranged to create the feeling of living in a small secluded neighborhood. Balconies and patios extend over an inner courtyard and the facades will be opaque from the street but transparent on the side facing the private gardens and other residential units.

Gardenhouse is due to be completed later this year.

Source: MAD Architects

2 comments
robert85
Back in the 20s, there was in fill housing built in Buffalo, NY where the sub ground area was hidden car parking, storage, and elevators that traveled to the floor above which was designed to look like an English Country Village with a common plaza. A beautiful solution. Add more parking, ground level retail and more with additional parking above and then a HOUSING development with a common Plaza, you have a wonderful solution. Plus within potential flood zones along the coast, like Florida, you then get the housing up and away from the danger zone.
IvanWashington
they could use modern technology to suppress the traffic noise below.