The project is located in the city of Los Angeles a few miles from Venice Beach, in a neighborhood called Mar Vista that has been growing substantially in the last decade due to its privileged location of being between the Pacific Ocean coast and Downtown Los Angeles.
The project is located in a traditional sector where you can find various examples of what constitutes the single-family house style in Southern California. New urban developments are changing the morphology of these traditional areas, presenting an overall chaotic vision of contrast between ultra-modern styles and the traditional characteristics of the existing homes. A high percentage of these new developments encompass the trend "box type house design" or houses in the form of a cube, which appears locally and internationally as a trend widely used by contemporary architecture.
These box-like houses in areas such as Mar Vista have cause a deterioration of the coherent and harmonious morphological reading that occurs in the area. This has forced cities in the metropolitan region of Los Angeles to implement regulations and design guidelines to ensure compatibility of new projects to the traditional urban morphology.
This brings us to the main premise of the project, to be a contemporary contribution to a traditional sector of very defined characteristics. The goal was to seek harmony between a modern structure and surrounding residential styles through aspects such as the materials, the sloping roof, the presence of a porch, etc.
Other key features include:
- The main facade uses the basic figure of a pentagon; since our childhood, this has been the visual representation of a house, thus its appearance from the street will unquestionably show what it contains.
- The conservation and seclusion of the most private spaces of the house from the exterior world, created by closed side facades.
-The simultaneous intermingling with the outside environment created by the two patios on either side of the staircase in the central part of the house, so that ventilation and natural lighting flow through all spaces.
Material Used :
1. Walker Zanger / Ceramic
2. Mulan Floors / Floor
3. Western Window Systems / Windows