In a real estate developer’s world, cramming as many homes on a lot is standard practice. And in doing so, we are often left with living spaces void of design, function, and green space. But this developer decided to turn this practice on its head and create spaces that modernist dreams are made of.
It was months after we closed the deal on the lot. Elan Mordoch, the developer of Habitat 6, and I met to catch up and discuss his plans for his project.
Conversing while sharing a beef roll, pork dumplings, and Dan-Dan noodles, Mordoch flips his iPad towards me and casually says, “I’m working with these architects.”… expletives of excitement could not be contained.
He hand-picked the architectural firm Rios Clementi Hale Studio. They’re responsible for favorite spaces in Los Angeles like Café Gratitude and Sunset Triangle Plaza (the open space in Silver Lake.) Their residential projects are more notorious than B.I.G. for incorporating high ceilings, walls of glass, and achieving an indoor-outdoor flow.
The nanosecond your Adidas hit the white oak floors, all archaic notions of not showing excitement when seeing a home you love fly out the floor-to-ceiling windows.
Besides, who can blame you? No one can resist running their hands across a wall decorated in cedarwood or admiring the craftsmanship of an actual corner window that lets light filter in and affords surrounding city views. Or imagine spending a lifetime entering your primary bedroom and taking in the landmark views of Griffith Park and the Observatory.
And for the record, I’m not responsible for your loss of bodily function, spending the entire 2 hours of the preview to take in all the details, or feeling like you’ll sell your mamma to live here. You can thank Elan for that.