Location: Valley Village, California
Area: Existing: 1143 square feet. Added: 305 square feet
The Shurkin project is a home for a young music industry couple and their two small children in the Studio City neighborhood of Los Angeles. The project was designed to be built in two phases so that the house could grow with the family.
A 300-square-foot master suite was added in the second phase of the project. The bedroom was conceived as an interdependent volume acting as a sanctuary that still maintains a connection to the rest of the house. The bedroom is focused inwardly on a private glazed shade garden and up toward the sky through two 17’ tall light wells. The natural light that fills the spaces creates a sense of calm and reprieve. One light well faces north, gathering soft light throughout the day, while the other faces west to catch the evening light. The shade garden between the addition and house, is a large terrarium that animates the bedroom with color and life.
The exterior of the addition is almost entirely clad in standing seam metal panels that accentuate its monolithic form. Viewed from the east, the addition appears to have been split diagonally at the roof, creating a dramatic valley. Viewed from other angles the building has entirely different massing, giving the addition a dynamic presence in the rear yard. The master bathroom is coveted in inexpensive tile in a bold pattern that was created by pixilating an image of a Sol LeWitt painting.