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Hillside House | SAOTA

Hillside House, located at 8408 Hillside Ave. in Los Angeles, is a 20,058 sq. ft. Hollywood Hills estate designed by internationally-renowned architecture firm, SAOTA—headquartered in Cape Town, South Africa. A powerhouse project with an incredibly talented team—comprised of SAOTA (Lead Architect), Woods+Dangaran (AOR), Park Lane Projects (Project Management), Fortis Construction (Contractor), and our team at California Energy Designs (MEP)—Hillside House required a fusion of innovative engineering and design to make this dream-like project, a reality. Listed at $43.9 Million, Hillside contained some incredible features & design feats—including a twelve-foot indoor waterfall, hot & cold plunge spas & sauna, a gym, and a 163 foot infinity-edge swimming pool—that earned it the title of the “House of the Week” by the Los Angeles Times, in addition to enduring coverage by Forbes magazine.

A true city onto its own—complete with a movie theater, game room, executive office, chef’s kitchen, outdoor bar, large wine storage facility, and indoor wellness center with both hot & dry saunas as well as hot & cold water plunge pools—this unique project held equally-unique energy design needs. From the tempered glass walls, which line most of the exterior, to the water—two-story indoor waterfall, infinity pool, and spa, among others—and fire—exterior and interior firepits/fireplaces—features and the variety of multiple open-air and climate-controlled zones, Hillside called for a bold design to provide each area with the precise resources required to meet the facilities’ needs.

Even further, doing such while maintaining a system designed for sustainability & conscious resource consumption is a significant additional engineering challenge. We live for those challenges. To design a system that is not only capable of supplying the resources Hillside requires but also, to properly balance the wide range of unique needs of each individual zone—assessing temperature, humidity, ventilation, airflow, and water & power for areas as varied as an indoor car showroom or wine cellar to a hot & humid spa sauna room—is a true engineering delight. This five-bedroom, nine bathroom estate was a project to remember and we couldn’t have asked for a better team than the powerhouse set of collaborators that lead architect, SAOTA, assembled.


See additional Hillside coverage on the LA Times, Forbes, and SAOTA websites. Our coverage of Hillside is also available on our company Instagram. Photos by The Agency, renders by SAOTA, and construction-images by Park Lane Projects.

Date Completed:
Lead Architect:
Archtect-of-Record (AOR):
California Energy Designs
Project Management:
Park Lane Projects
Fortis Development
Project Size:
20,058 Sq. Ft.
List Price:
$43.9 Million