Photography: Joe Fletcher
Oak Pass Main House by Walker Workshop is a wonderful example of contemporary minimalist architecture. It’s a luxurious, functional house that’s simple and elegant but not ostentatious in the way you might envisage from one in Beverly Hills. The building is predominantly built of structural concrete which allows for open columnless floors, this in conjunction with the many glass walls and sunken courtyard has created a vast light filled space. The 8000 sq foot floor plan appears much smaller than you would expect. The architects have been careful to integrate the building into the landscape, unlike a standard house, the bedrooms sit on the lower level of the property, below a roof of edible green herbs. A striking 75 foot infinity pool bisects the property, slipping under one of the many oak trees on the 3.5 acre plot.
It’s truly an incredible property, one I’d love to shoot some day but I’m in two minds as to whether I would want to live there. The thought of living in a building where almost every wall is made of glass and the possibility that the world can see you as you move around your home scares me but given the careful consideration by the architects, neighbours and passers-by have very little chance of seeing anything, so discreet is the building from the roadside. What appeals most about this house is the prospect of being able to nature all around you and not being able to tell where one stops and the other begins.