View of the lightwell and wood clad cabinetry "core".

View of the lightwell and wood clad cabinetry "core".

Shurkin Residence

....... location: .Valley Village, CA
...... program: .Residential
.............area: .Existing: 891 sf Added: 245 sf
...........client: .Private
..........status: .Completed


The Shurkin Residence is a home for a young music industry couple and their two small children in the Valley Village neighborhood of Los Angeles. The project was designed to be built in two phases so that the house could grow with the family.

In the first phase, the challenge was to open up the existing 891-square-foot house (built in 1950), which was overly subdivided into tiny rooms and unnecessary halls.

 
View of the kitchen from the open dining room.

View of the kitchen from the open dining room.

We freed up the plan by creating a large living and dining room that flow into the kitchen and the garden beyond. The project is organized around a Mangaris plywood clad “core” that houses service functions such as the bathroom, laundry, and storage.

 
View of the rear yard from the kitchen.

View of the rear yard from the kitchen.

 
 
View of the subsequent addition. 

View of the subsequent addition. 

View of the lightwell and wood clad "core".

View of the lightwell and wood clad "core".

 
 
View of the hall through the "core" that separates the bedrooms from the more public areas of the house.

View of the hall through the "core" that separates the bedrooms from the more public areas of the house.

A hall cuts through the core, creating a threshold between the public and private areas of the house. At the south end of the core, the ceiling is vaulted with a large lightwell that utilizes the space between the ceiling and the roof, bringing natural light into the center of the house.

 
View of the lightwell, which brings light into the center of the house.

View of the lightwell, which brings light into the center of the house.

 
 
 
 

View of the entry and living room prior to the renovation.

View of the entry and living room prior to the renovation.

View of the kitchen prior to the renovation.

View of the kitchen prior to the renovation.