Riggs Place Residence is a 6500 square-foot pool house designed by Soler Architecture in the Westchester section of Los Angeles. What we like about this place is its high level of openness, mixed with a vibrant mix of materials and colors. Unlike many contemporary residences that inspire soberness and lack of personality, this home seems friendly, fresh and welcoming. According to the description provided by the architects, the project was envisioned in an L-shaped plan which embraces the pool and opens the rear of the house to the expansive yard and territorial views of the city and mountains beyond.

Large sliding patio doors stack and disappear, blurring the distinction between inside and outside. Large cantilevered roof planes knit the one-story and two-story masses together and are clad in anthracite zinc with large bamboo soffits and ceiling planes. The steel screen provides privacy for the entry and protects against the western sun, while automated clerestory windows allow the cooling ocean breezes to naturally flow through the space. Daytime electrical requirements are satisfied by rooftop photovoltaic cells and domestic water is preheated through a rooftop re-circulating system and stored in a holding tank for later use.  [Photos and information provided by Soler Architecture]