This project is a commission to design a second dwelling for an existing property in Valley Village, California. Though the new zoning laws make the project permissible, several permutations were designed to make it viable. In the end a simple rectangular massing was bent and thickened to accommodate the detached second dwelling setback, the adjacent hillside setback and the solar orientation. The resultant form, curved and canted, is to be clad in a building material first developed to cover skateboard ramps. Made from recycled paper, it is maintenance free and will be the first curved application on a building facade.
A second story addition to an existing 1960's ranch style house effectively re-imagines the entire existing house while expanding the program to provide much needed space for the family of five. The existing lower level is opened up in a series of interconnected public spaces while the new upper level contains bedrooms, bathrooms and outdoor courts to take advantage of the beach climate and views.
A new single family residence and a series of small accessory structures is planned for a parcel of land located in the Ojai valley, in Ventura County approximately 90 miles Northwest of Los Angeles. It is an east-to-west laying valley 10 miles long and three miles wide that closely resembles the look and climate of Tuscany or the south of France. The site is a 2.35 Acre parcel with a high degree of topographic variation within zones but is generally comprised of a 1:10 south facing uniform slope. The location contains spectacular 180 degree views of the Ojai Valley, an avocado Orchard and a seasonal stream bed.
The Garrison residence located in Escondido CA, 30 miles northeast of San Diego, is sited on a 1.77 acre hillside property with views to the west and south. The normative contemporary Performa of a 2500 square foot residence with three bedrooms, two baths and a three car garage was transformed by the clients' modernist desires for visual serenity, maximum openness, flexibility and a fluid interior / exterior connection.
My wife and I have purchased a lot to build a house for ourselves and our three boys. This is our reality: The lot is 4,500 square feet. It is a 1:2 down-slope hillside property located in an area with one of the most restrictive zoning overlays in the entire city. The budget is tight and the program is challenging. While the opportunity to design for your own family is unique, the scenario is not. For that reason we endeavored to explore many iterations in what came to be called the RH (Reality House) series. The series is comprised of about six different schemes and RH3 is being moved towards construction.
This was a schematic design proposal for a residential development inside a 4200 acre resort for a Russian developer. The site for the project was in Krasnodar, which is the southern region of Russia, about 90 miles North of the Black Sea. The site is a beautiful green rolling terrain with forest glens, open meadows, and a small lake.
We were asked to develop 'pre-fab' residential designs and we partnered with empyrean building systems to design prototypes for a towne house, a small villa and a large villa.
The ‘IVRV’ house is the result of a collaboration between Southern California Institute of Architecture and Habitat for Humanity of greater Los Angeles. It represents the mergence of two complimentary missions; to educate Architects who will imagine and shape the future and to provide simple, decent, affordable housing for all. The house is intended to challenge the status quo of sustainable / affordable housing in both form and content. The SCI Arc student designed and constructed house (directed by Darin Johnstone) strives to answer a typical residential program in an unexpected way.
The unique characteristics of the house are the result of two main drivers. The design strives to create a sanctuary in a neighborhood where crime and violence are still a concern while synthesizing sustainable features into an overall aesthetic. What appears to be the front of the house is a thickened threshold to an indoor-outdoor entry court protected from the realities of the street by ‘eco-screens’ that shelter the area with a new kind of trellis designed to shade the courtyard, capture energy and clean the air.
The form of the house comes from an exploration of an unadorned two-story gable roof profile that was transformed to create a livable home and protected outdoor area capitalizing on the full benefits of the California climate and lifestyle. Habitat for Humanity works to create decent, safe, affordable homes for every man woman and child. With this project, we strove to create something that was also delightful, sustainable and inspiring.