2022 RDAA | Custom Urban House | Twentieth | Woods + Dangaran

Designed for a young family, this 7,200-square-foot house wraps around a central courtyard to summon both light and privacy on a typical suburban lot. Its formal footprint also sets up a tantalizing progression meant to pull people through the rooms. “We try not to celebrate garage doors and front doors,” says principal Brett Woods. A muted garage faces the street, but visitors arrive through a gate in the private side yard, then step into an entry hall that he calls the “compression zone.” From there the house unfolds along an axial path: living room, courtyard, and family room on the left; dining room and kitchen on the right. Fitted with floor-to-ceiling sliding doors, all three zones open to the atrium, and the family room and kitchen have direct access to the backyard—an ideal setup for keeping an eye on the kids.

“The layout is simple, but there are so many things people can grab onto and appreciate,” Brett says. “We use natural connections to trees, outdoor space, and water elements to bring people through spaces.” Upstairs, a spacious terrace also directs the primary bedroom’s gaze outdoors. 

Slender, unpainted white exterior brick plays off the elegant interior palette of white oak floors, walnut paneling, luxe onyx, and boldly patterned marble in the kitchen and baths. The judges pronounced it “well done.”


Architect/Interior Designer/
Lighting Designer: Woods + Dangaran, Los Angeles

Builder: Dana Benson Construction,
Westlake Village, California

Landscape architect: Chris Sosa,
Los Angeles

MEP engineer: Bartef Yoosephiance & Associates, Tarzana, California

Structural engineer: CW Howe Partners, Culver City, California

Casework: Model Millwork, Los Angeles

Project size: 7,200 square feet

Site size: 0.21 acre

construction cost: Withheld

Photography: Joe Fletcher

Key Products

Vent Hood: Miele

Faucets: Dornbracht, California Faucets, VOLA

Fireplace: Ortal

Flooring: Du Chateau/European oak

Icemaker: Scotsman

Refrigerator/freezer: Sub-Zero

Sinks: Blanco

Toilets: TOTO

Tub: Victoria and Albert, Mirabelle

Washer/dryer: Electrolux

Wine refrigerator: Sub-Zero