The Dundee Residence began as a modest proposal to resurface a pool deck and replaster an existing pool. Seizing an opportunity to visually connect the pool area to the wild landscape of Griffith Park Surfacedesign introduced a dramatic, undulating wood wall to screen a large retaining wall between the house and the park, abstracting the folds and striations of Los Angeles’ sandstone geology.
Concealing a stair leading to trail access to the park, the wall’s form suggest the folds and striations of the sandstone geology. Planted against the backdrop of the intricate folds and joints of the cnc-routed wood wall, is a garden of succulents, including Euphorbias, Sedums and Ocotillo. The succulent garden extends across the pool deck, integrated into the intricately striped paving of stone, cast stone, and low-lying sedums and aromatic thyme ground cover. Virtually invisible behind retractable panels in the wood wall is a full-service outdoor kitchen that opens up to family barbeques.
Adjacent to the private wing of the house and to the master bedroom is an expansive hillside garden of wood decks, boardwalks, and belvederes. Conceived as an orchard of ancient olive trees, the gardens most dramatic feature is a spa with a 30 ft. retractable cover that extends to an 2 story outdoor shower and water wall formed of bent steel. Leading to a perch with dramatic views of the LA basin, a “woven” hardwood boardwalk passes through a the orchards and through stands of “fried egg” Matilija poppies and graceful Mexican Feather Grass.