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