BIG & small HOUSE

BIG & small HOUSE

Architect
Anonymous Architects
Location
3931 Cazador Steet, Los Angeles, United States | View Map
Project Year
2012
Category
Private Houses
Steve King
Product Spec Sheet

ElementBrandProduct Name
Roofing contractorBilt-Well Roofing Co.
CABINETRYCabinets Quick
Hardwood flooring install and finishingLuis Herrera Flooring
Plant nurseryPerformance Gardens Inc
Sheet metal flashing and waterproofingReliable metal Products
Doors and WindowsTaylor Brothers

Product Spec Sheet
Roofing contractor
CABINETRY
Hardwood flooring install and finishing
Plant nursery
Sheet metal flashing and waterproofing
Doors and Windows

BIG & small HOUSE

Anonymous Architects as Architects

Starting with a vacant lot that was half of the typical minimum lot size, the objective was to compensate for the relatively small footprint of the house. To achieve this there are only 2 full height walls inside the house which makes the main interior room nearly as large as the building footprint. This gives the house an open lofted feeling with very high ceilings and abundant natural light. It is an inversion of expectation, so that the smallest house contains the largest room. What the house lacks in square footage it provides in volume.


The free plan of the vacant lot is preserved since the house touches the ground only at the four small piles, giving full access to use the space between the house and the lot. The footprint of the foundation is in fact less than 20 sq.ft. and the house doesn’t touch the ground at any point. The plan of the house follows the shape of the site which is an asymmetric parallelogram. This form resulted in unusual geometry inside and outside the dwelling and explains the shape of the house. The elevations of the house are designed to mirror the plan.


Method of construction: Concrete pile foundation; steel (primary floor structure - cantilevers); wood floor, walls and roof


Primary materials: Standing seam metal roofing and siding Aluminum dual glazed windows White oak floors, feature wall and kitchen countertop


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