McClean Design/T1 Residence

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Architects : 

McClean Design

Location Los Angeles, California, US
Project Type New Single Family Residence
Approximate size 9,500 sf
Completion date 2014



This home on Tanager is the third we have designed on this tiny but very exclusive street in West Hollywood. A cul-de-sac with spectacular views, it’s a much sought after location. Our project sits on a corner lot which allowed us to separate pedestrian and vehicular entry to the project.

Our primary concerns were to achieve a large program and maximize available views of the city below. To achieve this we utilized a single story over basement design. The key to the basement was to find a way to maximize light and create spaces that people would want to inhabit.

Our solution was a linear light well separating the street from the house proper. From the street, only the entry gate is visible between two large stone walls. Upon entering the view is revealed through the spectacular glass living space which is reached by means of a bridge over the light well and water feature.

The intent of the bridge is to slow the participant down and create a feeling of separation from the street behind. The light well opens completely to an entertainment space and an office area light is bounced in by means of a white marble waterfall. The water feature fills the light well except for a floating platform ideal for reading or admiring the living green walls at either end.

The basement is further enhanced by a sky lit stairwell and bedrooms that daylight to the view beyond. The interiors of the house where co-designed with Minotti and reflect their deep rich color palette creating an inviting series of spaces.

McClean Design

McClean Design

photo1_i12421920x0_9_1Paul McClean trained as an architect in Ireland and founded McClean Design in 2000. Over the last fifteen years, MCCLEAN DESIGN has grown into one of the leading contemporary residential design firms in the Los Angeles area committed to excellence in modern design. We are currently working on more than twenty large homes across much of Southern California with additional projects in San Francisco, Vancouver and New York.
Our projects reflect an interest in modern living and a desire to connect our clients to the beauty of the surrounding natural environment. We make extensive use of glazing systems to maximize views and provide a warm light filled contemporary space. We strive for simplicity and an openness to the surrounding landscape that erodes the division between indoor and outdoor spaces; homes with an emphasis on texture and natural materials.
We are committed to environmentally sustainable design practices and have extensive experience in both Orange and Los Angeles counties with a proven ability to navigate complicated approval processes such as the Laguna Beach and Beverly Hills Design Review Board as well as Coastal Commission. We keep an open mind on questions of style preferring to strike a balance between the best solution for the site, our clients’ preferences, and what is potentially approvable for each particular site. Our staff offers a full range of design skills including interior design ensuring that our projects are completed in a timely manner and to the highest standards.

We work with both homeowners and developers and our staff offers a full range of design skills ensuring that our projects are completed in a timely manner and to the highest standards. We continue to strive for excellence in design and to push the boundaries of imagination in creating extraordinary spaces that we hope will provide enjoyment for many years to come.


McClean Design
190 S. Glassell St. #203
Orange, CA 92866

T) 714.505.0556
F) 714.532.2924


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