House in Trees

House in Trees

Anonymous Architects
Echo Park, Los Angeles, California, USA | View Map
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Private Houses
Steve King/ Michael Wells.

House in Trees

Anonymous Architects as Architects

The site is characterized by its remote feeling and mature trees; this despite being surrounded by dense urban development. It is an unusual paradox to have such a natural setting that occurs in the middle of Los Angeles – a city known for its endless sprawl and crawling traffic.


The goal was to preserve the natural features where practical – even if this meant having a tree grow through the house. The steep hillside allows the house to cantilever as a design solution to minimize foundations. This act of cantilevering also preserves as much native yard space as possible for planting.


To maintain privacy, the house is located close to the center of the lot to create a buffer between it – and other adjoining conditions such as a public street and other houses.


The house is conceived as two separate units under one roof. The main part of the house is two bedrooms and is designed for a family of four. The other component – separated by an outdoor breezeway – is self-contained with one bedroom, a living area, a bathroom, and a kitchen. This secondary area is used daily as an office and entertainment area, but can easily be closed off from the main space and used by visiting friends or family.


Material Used :
1. Western Red Cedar exterior facade
2. Reclaimed chestnut interior wood floors
3. Concrete – poured in place foundation/ basement walls

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Faucets and fixtures (bathrooms)Hansgrohe SE
Whiteware (sinks)Duravit
Kitchen appliancesBertazzoni
Bi-folding doorsLaCantina Doors
Product Spec Sheet
Faucets and fixtures (bathrooms)
Whiteware (sinks)
by Duravit
Kitchen appliances
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