Check Inside Architect Mark Rios’s Japanese-Inspired Los Angeles Home




The house was pretty much ideal. A modern gem in the middle of the century located on a remote acre at Bel Air, with dazzling views of the Pacific Ocean. . . Idyllic, but for a small detail: he lay slowly. There was no hope for repair, so architect Mark Rios and her husband, fertility doctor Guy Ringler, decided to pull out the house they had lived in for 15 years and start over. For the first time in his 30-year career, Rios, one of the founding partners of the architectural firm Rios Clementi Hale Studios, has built a house for himself. "Architects have difficulty conceiving for themselves," he laughs. "I went through more than 50 shots before we settled on one." In seeking to create a quiet haven away from the couple's chaotic professional life, Rios was inspired by the soothing aesthetic of Japanese design. "The library, in particular," said the architect, "was shaped after a play in Kyoto, using heavy, dark woods.and the spa resembles old ryokans that I visited in Japan."
Like most of Rios' work, the new 11,000-square-foot home is carefully edited, with a small palette and a carefully orchestrated rehearsal of materials. While the street front is composed of three white masses, with no windows, Rios on the back used pocket glass doors from floor to ceiling that open rooms to outdoor spaces and southwest views. Rios has also built a rooftop reception room / terrace with a large terrace, "which makes it fun to entertain," he said.

The Japanese-inspired house Mark Rios shares with her husband, Dr. Guy Ringler, occupies a hill first in the Bel Air neighborhood of Los Angeles.
"I was more experienced and did more detail with this house than I did for former clients," says the architect. Rios used subtle indulgences throughout the house. He designed all the material himself. The wooden flooring originated in Germany, where it has undergone special drying in giant ovens to make it more soft and tactile. The ceiling of the living room has been lacquered to animate the light, especially at sunset. All the doors are a luxurious two-and-a-quarter inch thick and rising ceilings to add a spectacular ladder and loftiness to the rooms. The walls are 18 inches thick and covered with double layers of drywall to ensure a restful silence. "I'm totally obsessed with exact proportions and measurements, right up to the thumb," says Rios. "They change the way a house feels.
A true believer in less, Rios shares his philosophy: "So many fashionable houses are filled with fine art objects that shout:" Look at me! I am wonderful! These houses have a lot to do. Our house is the opposite. We simplified it.