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When is a setback not a setback? When one kind becomes a design opportunity of the other, as in the case of the oddly-formed Vail Grant Residence to be built right into the side of a hill on the semi-suburban slopes in Silverlake, California.

With a startling 66 percent grade and a slew of local ordinances defining its potential boundaries, the resulting deformation features curious folds, creative voids and unique volumes to provide both living space and views for the clients.