Light and Space: The Drexel Residence

Lead DesignerErla Ingjaldsdottir
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Prize(s)Honorable Mention
Entry Description

Beyond the clean façade of maple, walnut and concrete lies 3,000 sq ft of boundary dissolving living space that can only be described as transcendental. Utilizing the cutting-edge fabrication methods of the mnmMod panels, this home might well be dubbed to the minimalist aesthetic.
Conversely, breezeways and windowed courtyards suspend our sense of containment and demarcation, uniting interior and exterior worlds.
Polished concrete floors throughout the main floor further unify and connect spaces, creating one massive great room. Atop the stairs a set of two spacious master bedroom suites, each paired with private bathrooms, offer peaceful solitude and unobstructed views of the Hollywood Hills and twilight sunsets of the vast western skies.
The meditation room complete with sauna, poolside-gathering spot with plenty of seating around a fire pit, and spacious elevated deck off the master bedroom complete this spiritual retreat-like residence; where light and space seem to change in appearance as one moves throughout the dwelling and each passing moment of daylight reshapes our experience of seeing ourselves.


Minarc, located in Santa Monica, CA, was established by Erla Dögg and Tryggvi in 1999. The work of their practice ranges from small-scale renovations to new construction, in residential, commercial and public settings. Each project shares an emphasis on the blurring of distinction between interior and exterior spaces through the exploitation of natural light, creation of outdoor living rooms, and artistically framed views of nature.