Nathan Frankel, a concert-level amateur violinist who also runs his own scrap-metal export business, envisioned a peaceful, quiet home that also offered a concert hall for live music—seemingly opposing requirements that are difficult to achieve in a Beverly Hills canyon.
With the help of architect Noah Walker, principal of the Los Angeles–based Walker Workshop Design Build, they discovered a 3.5-acre hilltop plot with which to build a musician’s dream. Inspired by the natural beauty of the surroundings, the architect fashioned the minimalist home around Kyoto’s Entsuji Temple and utilized large windows to frame the trees and natural beauty of the setting.
“There are 125 coast live oaks on the property,” said Walker in an interview with Dwell. “They’re beautiful trees, so why not exploit that?”
The architect made the living room satisfy the owner’s desire for a concert hall. The space was built around a 1940s-era barn that resided on the property. A floor-to-ceiling window made of three massive panes of glass, allow for an incredible view to the outside. The space accommodates up to 80 seats.
Beneath the floor of the living room, clever storage space has been added to stow folding chairs and musical gear. Although sound baffling wasn’t incorporated into the design, audience members provide all the baffling necessary to complete Frankel’s unique vision of his own personal concert hall.