“It’s one large, abstract sculpture,” architect Edward R. Niles says of the house he designed for Bruce and Marilyn Gillis in Beverly Hills.
The towering wall of glass and steel forms a barrier to the street.
The living room “is an extension of the exhibition court,” says Niles. “It accommodates some very large artworks.” A 1988 Sam Francis acrylic is at left. Markian Olynyk’s Column is at rear. The freestanding wall of printed-glass panels “creates privacy,” he says.
A bridge of laminated glass leads to the dressing room and bath. “It’s like a lens between the floors,” the architect points out. “Light shines through the skylight on the third level, past the bridge and into the family room below.” Aluminum panels cover the walls.
“Our goal was to maximize the site by creating an outdoor area for entertaining,” Niles says of the plaza. “It’s shielded from the encroachment of adjacent homes and the public realm of the street.” A courtyard of Portuguese limestone surrounds the pool. McGuire chairs.
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