10335 Oletha Lane | Bel Air
The Mahler Residence. William Adams, FAIA.
Formerly occupied by Anna Mahler, daughter of famed composer Gustav Mahler, the home played host to salons and the chiseling of her sculptures- a bastion of the cosmopolitan and cultured.
The residence was reimagined at the astute hands of William Adams and his architectural partner, Carl Smith. Their program honored the exterior openings while incorporating a stainless steel and glass element to capture the canyon hills and natural light. On the interior, only wood inlays remain to articulate the former location of interior walls. Open space is delineated by post-and-beam features.
The master bedroom is accentuated with Mortise and Tenon custom cabinets, a spacious walk-in closet and dual-sink master bath with shower and claw-foot tub. A second-bedroom leads to the exterior and up to the sun-deck- ideal for meditation, entertaining or writing. Off the kitchen, the design provides for an office alcove. From the open living space, the glass enclosure of the master bath functions as an art installation. The composition, in its entirety, pays homage to its artistic heritage and sets the stage for an awe-inspiring architecturally significant home. A residence with true character and soul exists in rarefied air.