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: Sherman Oaks, California
Area: 2,690 square feet
The Norwich residence is a home for an ER doctor, her film producer husband and their two young children. The primary challenge of the project was to fit the relatively large residence on a narrow suburban lot, without creating a hulking elongated building. Our strategy was to divide the building into quadrants so that it appears to be a cluster of four smaller building, rather than a large “mass”.
Each of the quadrants contains a bedroom with a distinct vaulted roof, creating high sculptural ceilings. The quadrants are connected by a lower cross-shaped roof that covers the circulation. Large windows are placed at each end of the cross, so that in every direction, one moves towards light. Each bedroom has a private “carved” balcony that acts as a light-well, connecting the room to the outdoors while maintaining privacy. These balconies are clad in cedar, which brings a warmth and softness into the space.
CHA also designed the project’s hardscape and landscape, composed of hybrid indoor/outdoor spaces that connect the house to garden “rooms”.4
- Location: Silver Lake, California
Area: Existing: 1619 square feet. Added: 541 square feet
Status: Permit approval
The Egan residence is a 541 square foot addition to a home in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles. The existing Spanish-style house was comprised of small rooms that separated the living spaces from the backyard. We retained as much as possible of the existing house to maximize the modest budget, focusing the addition to the rear of the house to create a connection between the living spaces and garden / pool. The addition is comprised of a large open plan kitchen, living room and dining room with vaulted ceilings and a new master suite, which opens onto a private view-garden.
Location: Los Angeles, California
Area: 125,000 square feet
Museum as Civic Space- Rather than another physically and culturally disconnected museum, Los Angeles needs an accessible civic space where people gather to enjoy art and community. This proposal for the Broad Contemporary Art Museum brings the city into the museum’s fold by supplementing the museum’s program with much needed non-commercial public space. The Museum’s open public space is created by suspending the galleries from a raised plinth. This frees up the ground for a series of plazas, sculpture gardens and water features that connect the museum with Los Angeles’ distinctive urbanism and climate.
Oasis in the Desert- The plinth shades this public space from the desert heat while allowing the space to remain open to the surroundings. This maximizes natural ventilation and the cooling effects of the water features. Microclimates created by the building form a natural transition from the heat of the surrounding neighborhood to the coolness of the galleries.
Building as City- Just as Los Angeles is organized by it’s horizontal ground plane, the galleries are organized by the plinth level. This level unifies the museum's diverse gallery typologies into a coherent whole without detracting from each gallery’s unique character.
Visiting and Curating Flexibility- The gallery design provides the visitor with multiple routes through the museum. This non-linear arrangement also allows for curatorial flexibility and creates the possibility of simultaneously staging multiple exhibits. The variety of gallery types creates the optimal setting for the diverse scales and media represented within contemporary art.
Location: Beverly Hills, California
Area: 2900 square feet
Status: Permit approval
This residence is located on an ideal site with unobstructed panoramic views, in Beverly Hills. The building is positioned on the front and side yard setback to maximize the rear yard and the view, which are the major foci of the residence.
A “lantern” volume over the living room creates a double height space that allows defused light to filter in during the day and emits a soft glow at night. The opposite end of the building is anchored with a guest suite. This suite is detached from the main house on the ground level creating the option of a private entrance. An open-air stair within this volume leads to a roof deck with 360-degree views.
Location: West Los Angeles, California
Area: Existing: 1747 square feet. Added: 821 square feet
This project is a renovation and addition to a home (called “Type 702”) designed by the renowned modernist architect A. Quincy Jones. The residence was dedicated a Historic Cultural Monument by the Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission.
The house, located in Crestwood Hills, Los Angeles, is part of a modernist housing community established by the Mutual Housing Association in 1950. Type 702 house has many Jones’ signature elements, such as post and beam construction, an open plan, and a strong connection between the interior spaces and the surrounding landscape. Unfortunately, these qualities had been obscured through multiple ill-conceived renovations.
Our renovation restores the original house and adds a contemporary addition. This addition accentuates the positive aspects of the historic residence while updating it to the current owners' lifestyle.
Location: New York, New York.
Area: 70,000 square feet
"Shape is all the geometrical information that remains when location, scale and rotational effects are filtered out from an object" - David George Kendall
The objective of Michael Meredith's (MOS Architects) studio entitled “Mediums” was to investigate “medium specificity” in architecture. The studio’s basic premise was that “the problems of medium speciﬁcity can be addressed by exacerbating multiple medium speciﬁcities into impure, awkward, and paradoxical recombinations.” We were asked to select mediums that are seemingly incompatible and attempt to reconcile them in the design of a church sited at the southern end of the High Line Park in Manhattan. In this project, shape and logo are employed to create a scheme that is simultaneously figural and flat.
This research looks at form generation through an adaption of classical vaulting techniques. In classical vault design, an arch is extruded to form a barrel vault or intersected with another barrel vault at 90 degrees to create a groin vault. This research extends this method by varying the angle of intersection of the vaults and other parameters to create a variety of vaulting conditions. Because the forms are created through a projective method the resultant surfaces are ruled and fully developable. This method ensures the constructability of the resultant vaults regardless of their formal complexity.
This study was created in Digital Project, a parametric software developed for aeronautics design, and adapted for the rationalization of complex architectural forms.
Location: Union Square, New York City
Area: 325 square feet
Client: St. Louis Washington University
Status: First place in Competition
Temporary Building to Celebrate the Jewish Festival of Sukkot -This design proposes to mediate personal worship and celebration of the Sukkot with the community at large.
Like a traditional Sukkah, this proposal uses humble materials and expedient construction techniques in keeping with the temporary and cyclical nature of this celebration. As with tradition, the structure merges with its environment, adapting to its context to provide enclosed intimate space as well as incorporating its surroundings.
Three piano hinges connect the 4 components of the Sukkah and allow the 10’ by 16’ footprint to expand and fulfill a more public role. This possibility of being reconfigured heightens the understanding of the traditional Sukkah’s temporality, in that throughout the Sukkot, the space can adapt to the needs of its inhabitants and the larger community. This proposal fully embraces the traditions of the Sukkot while engaging the city with Jewish culture, celebration and design.