House Noir

PrizeWinner in Architectural Design / Residential Architecture
Firm LocationLos Angeles, United States
CompanyLorcan O'Herlihy Architects
Lead ArchitectLorcan O'Herlihy

Situated on one of the last undeveloped
oceanfront lots along the iconic Pacific
Coast Highway in Malibu, BHN maximizes the
site potential while creatively conforming
to local building envelope restrictions.
Strategically placed openings on all facades
expand upon the prominent views, providing
views from and natural light to all interior
spaces. Standing seam painted aluminum
siding folds up from the street façade and
over the roof line to the roof deck,
creating a seamless transition between wall
and roof. A central open staircase with
perforated metal treads and risers allow
natural light to filter down from roof deck
level through the core of the house,
unifying each level with glass or stainless
steel cable mesh railings to maintain
openness. An open floor plan at the first
level is accented by the floating stair
The site is slightly trapezoidal in shape,
providing a rare opportunity for views down
the coast from the interior of the house.
Angled balconies at the first and second
levels are accessed by floor to ceiling
sliding doors, amplifying the indoor-outdoor
living experience. The master bedroom suite
opens to the wide ocean views, while the
double height guest bedroom suite frames
hillside views above the street, maintaining

Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects [LOHA] engages the ever-changing complexities of the urban landscape, embracing architecture’s role as a catalyst for change. With a conscious understanding that architecture operates within a layered context of political, developmental, environmental, and social structures, LOHA seeks to elevate the human condition via the built environment.