With a guest house like this, who needs a primary residence? The Oak Pass Guest House by Walker Workshop is a 2,500 square foot addition to a large property in Beverly Hills, California. It comprises a barn-style open living space and a private house in two adjoined buildings. It is contemporary in design but traditional in inspiration, clothed in warm, earthy materials that feel at home in this California plot.
The open barn section of the Oak Pass Guest House was a deliberate design decision for the architect and client. Music is a passion for the client, and this space is to be a place to enjoy performing and listening to music with friends and family. It features a piano at one end, there to accompany the violinist owner for personal enjoyment and entertaining. The walls and arched ceilings of the barn section provide a friendly acoustic space for calming reverberation.
Next door, just a few steps away, the living quarters of the Oak Pass Guest House provide space for a full family. The bottom level provides living space, a kitchen and dining table, while the floating section above features two bedrooms on either corner. Like the earthy exterior, the interior section features stone colors, wooden accents and floor-to-ceiling glass to bring a bit of California inside. The space is intimate, peaceful and personal, a contrast to the open and festive barn space next door.
The Oak Pass Guest House should be celebrated, and I can only imagine what the primary residence looks like in comparison. For the client and the guests of the home, this is a stunning execution by Walker Workshop. Just let us know when we can visit, yeah? [photography: Nicholas Alan Cope]