Los Angeles Tree House

Los Angeles Tree House

Fung House Architects
Los Angeles, CA, USA
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Private Houses
Steve Dewall Photography

Los Angeles Tree House

Fung House Architects as Architects

Nestled in a bohemian valley of Mount Washington in Los Angeles, sits a tiny 600 sq ft house. Built in 1922, the house hangs between a steep slope and a giant pine tree. When the project first started, the property was dilapidated with an illogical layout and disproportionate rooms. For the renovation, the concept was inspired by a childhood fantasy of living in a treehouse. The idea is to invigorate the property with some of that youthful magic. Multiple openings now serve as portals into new spaces. All openings are treated with the attention of creating mystery of transitioning from one place to the next. The floors feature multiple levels, and sitting on them is encouraged. The hidden basement can be accessed through a floor hatch, and an attic nook is illuminated with a skylight for stargazing at night. The patio door is glazed with corrugated polycarbonate which provides privacy while allowing some light in. The door is supported with hydraulics. It opens to become an awning for the patio. By creating opening in an unconventional manner, the progression of space is unexpected and thus induces a sense of discovery and enchantment similar how a child would explore a space.

Material Used:

1. Glazed Pine Pre-Made Plywood - Casework

2. Lexan Polycarbonate Twin Wall Panel – Custom Door – 6mm Clear

3. Velux Skylight – Skylight

4. Ikea Kitchen - Kitchen

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