Pictured here is Ray Kappe. Also pictured in previous images is his wife & partner Shelly Kappe
Prior to reading an article on Dwell about Los Angeles architect Ray Kappe, I was not aware of what I was missing out on. Ray designed this multilevel home for his family in 1965 and then built it in a canyon in Pacific Palisades. The central living space offers spacious views throughout the interior; into spaces such as Ray Kappe’s office and the upper family room. Each room is lit very well. The ambient light through skylights, corner windows or clerestories illuminates the rooms and really makes the interior feel spacious.
The whole house is built out of concrete and wood and in turn maintains the mid-century modern look we’ve all come to admire. Where the wood timbers meet with the glass panes and concrete is where the magic happens. Coming across such treasures is becoming more and more of a rarity it seems like. In the interview with Dwell, Shelly Kappe said that when the house was built, it “was so ahead of its time.” It was an encapsulation of Ray’s vision for the house to be a synthesis of the rational and the intuitive.