Stairway to the Stars

Housing Single Family Architecture Built

Professional Category

Studio: MINARC

Architect / Designer: MINARC

Design Team:

Erla Dögg Ingjaldsdottir
Tryggvi Thorsteinsson

Country: United States

Copyright: Art Gray

Located in sunny Los Angeles, our design team presents the Stairway to the Stars Residence. The intended vision for the piece was inspired by the unique light and colors of its location. The home has a beautifully unobstructed view from the moment one enters the mind blowing 3×16 ft wood door to the exquisitely expansive backyard. Although it has a feeling of transparency throughout, it is perfectly private from the street and the public.

The front courtyard allows for added privacy with a descending staircase that leads to the home’s private movie theater and discotheque as well as a guest apartment. In the main living room, the deliberate use of space functions as a clean and homely environment. Every part of the home is easily accessible and open. The powder room is located in the middle of the room with a unique glass ceiling that allows for an artistically open feel.

The bedrooms and master bath are located upstairs, accessed through a custom designed staircase. The master bath has a glass shower room and unattached bath as well as matching sinks all in pleasing neutral colors. All these aspects together create a comfortable and visually appealing atmosphere.

The exterior is where the our team applied the creativity and artistry they are known for. The staircase showcased on the facade offers a poetic meaning: “A stairway to the stars.” From the outside, the home looks to be floating because of their talented design. The backyard has a large pool along with many areas meant for entertaining as well as a full gym so you never want to leave your home.



Icelandic by birth and proud Angelenos by choice, Erla Dögg Ingjaldsdóttir, Assoc. AIA and IIDA, and her long-time partner, Tryggvi Thorsteinsson, Assoc. AIA, established award-winning Los Angeles-based design firm, Minarc, in 1999. From small-scale renovations to new construction in residential, commercial, and public settings, the couple’s work spans a diverse range of design focuses. Throughout this diversity, each project shares an emphasis on the blurring of distinction between interior and exterior spaces through the creative utilization of natural light, traditionally interior features thoughtfully situated outdoors, and artistically framed views of the natural landscape.