Location: Hollywood, California
Area: 1250 square feet
The La Cuesta accessory building was commissioned by the owner of a production company who required a private office space to work from home as well as a space adjacent to the pool for entertaining. The building’s form is a response to the confined site and the strict zoning laws of the neighborhood.
The ground floor has a large expanse of sliding doors that open the space up to the pool area creating a space that is ideal for enjoying Southern California’s mild climate. The second-floor windows and balcony are positioned to maximize the spectacular view of downtown Los Angeles that is visible over the existing house.
The building’s parking is accessed directly from the street, eliminating the need for the existing driveway. This allows for the building to be moved closer to the property line, better utilizing the available area and allowing the building to create privacy from the street and neighbors. The screened exterior gives the building a sense of transparency, relating it to the existing trees that surround it.
Location: Studio City, California
Area: 1,024 square feet
The primary intention of the Coldwater Studio was to create a building that provides enclosure and security while remaining open to the exterior. This was achieved through carving an atrium into the north façade, filling the studio with indirect light, while providing privacy from the neighbors. The building is clad in 2” by 2” redwood slats with a 4” gap between the screen and the building's envelope. This screen forms a rough protective layer around the building, while imbuing it with lightness and transparency. The play of screen’s shadow on the building enlivens the façade and softens the building's mass. The effect of the light coming through façade is similar to the light filtering through the trees behind the studio, creating an intimate relationship between the building and its surroundings. The redwood of the screen has been left untreated. This reduces maintenance, and allows the wood to take on a silvery gray patina that softens the exterior, further connecting it to the natural surroundings.4
- This project converts an existing accessory building into a guestroom and creates a new artist studio. The existing building has been reengineered to allow for the removal of the horizontal tie beams. This creates an uninterrupted vaulted space that greatly increases the interior volume without altering the exterior envelope.
Location: West Los Angeles, California
Area: 550 square feet
Within the guestroom a new bathroom was added. The rough treatment on the exterior of this bathroom volume creates a contrast with the other lighter and more refined materials of the project. The interior of the bathroom is clad with hexagonal tile throughout, creating a continuous surface between the floor and walls. The new studio was added to the rear of the guesthouse. Sliding windows wrap the corner of the new studio allowing it to open to the garden beyond.
Location: Winnipeg, Canada
Program: Warming Hut
Area: 275 square feet
Client: Warming Huts: An Art + Architecture Competition on Ice
Ice Cave punctuates Assiniboine River trail, creating an ethereal shelter where people can gather protected from the elements. Inside the hut is a platform that changes in height and depth to accommodate different types of inhabitation (sitting, standing, reclining, etc.). Inhabitants are oriented towards the open middle of the hut, creating a sense of gathering and community, while experiencing the light filtering through the thickened façade.
The building’s envelope is comprised of two layers creating a barrier from the elements and giving the hut a sense of deep transparency and mass. The outer layer is a thin shell of ice that is formed by applying water to rope netting. The interior layer is translucent tent fabric stretched over guide wires strung to the hut’s tubular metal frame. Together these layers block the winter wind and create an insulating air pocket. The ice façade allows diffuse light to penetrate the hut and links the hut to the wintery surrounding. The hut resonates with the Forks river context through the use of materiality (ice) and the winter images the hut evokes.