Architect Couple’s L.A. Courtyard House Comes With a Scalloped, Round Kitchen Island and Le Corbusier Lighting

Architect Couple’s L.A. Courtyard House Comes With a Scalloped, Round Kitchen Island and Le Corbusier Lighting

Bright living area with green kitchen cabinets and a six-seat dining set. Photos by Cameron Carothers, courtesy of Bryony Atkinson and George Penner

Plus a pink-and-green bathroom.

Location: Silver Lake, Los Angeles
Year built: 2019
Architects: Annie Ritz and Daniel Rabin, And And And Studio
Specs: 3 beds, 3 baths, 2,257 square feet, 0.16 acres
Price: $2,750,000


Architects love to live and build in Silver Lake — everybody from John Lautner and Richard Neutra in the ’30s and ’40s to, decades later, Michael Rotondi and Barbara Bestor, have designed homes for themselves in the neighborhood’s hills.

More recently, Annie Ritz and Daniel Rabin, XTEN Architecture and Bestor alums who founded their own firm, And And And Studio, in 2017, have worked on three different living spaces for themselves in Silver Lake. The husband-and-wife duo’s latest and most extensive personal project, 1655 North Benton Way, is now on the market half a mile south of the Silver Lake Reservoir.

Courtyard with plants, chairs, and a tree.
The courtyard has been landscaped with drought-tolerant California native plants and a mature olive tree.

When the couple acquired the property in 2017, it contained a generic 1950s stucco box measuring just over 1,300 square feet. This was taken down to the studs and transformed into a board-and-batten-clad structure that wraps around its front courtyard in an L shape, with the longer section holding the bedrooms and bathrooms and the shorter section containing the kitchen, dining, and living areas. Oversize glass sliders connect the house with its courtyard and rear swimming pool while keeping the rooms suffused with natural sunlight.

Whereas their new work in Santa Monica Canyon (recently spotlighted in Sight Unseen) plays with arches, this project was all about circles — seen in the scalloped kitchen island, cutouts in the door and wall, as well as multiple mirrors and spherical light fixtures (included in the sale).

Speaking of lighting: “Some of our favorites include designs by Le Corbusier — the Lampe de Marseille and Applique de Marseille sold by Nemo,” says Ritz. “Plus the Aballs wall lamp by Parachilna and the Bola Disc wall and Bola Disc pendant by Pablo.”

Take a virtual tour here.

Kitchen with green cabinets and a round wooden island.
Calacatta-marble countertops and white-oak floors heighten the Kelly-green cabinetry’s visual impact.
Living area with a yellow couch, two round coffee tables, and a large pendant lamp.
Fifteen-foot-high vaulted ceilings make the interior feel airy and expansive.
A hallway with white ball-shaped lamps on the wlals.
A circle motif runs throughout the home, including the hallway lined with white Aballs wall lamps.
Bedroom with pitched roofs, a small pendant light, and wooden headboard.
In the master bedroom, beadboard paneling adds texture and warmth while a Bola Disc pendant light creates a lightweight touch.
Wood, brass, marble, and tile combine for a cozy, soothing effect in the master bath.
Green tile and pastel-pink walls give a second bath a playful appeal. The grout is also a custom-mixed shade of pink.
The heated swimming pool is sited at the rear of the lot.
At the front of the property, between the street and the house, is a converted garage-studio with accordion glass doors and built-in shelving.