The Tree House
Alex Staniloff
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ElementBrandProduct Name
WindowsMilgard Windows & Doors
ToiletTOTO
Aquia
SkylightVelux
RoofingCertainTeed
TileDal tile
WaterproofingDupont Tyvek

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Toilet
Aquia by TOTO
Skylight
by Velux
Roofing
Tile
Waterproofing

The Tree House

LOC Architects as Architects

LOC was presented with a modest two bedroom bungalow nestled in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains. Constrained by a small backyard and a mature protected oak tree in the front, the only possibility for adding two additional bedrooms was to create a second story, one that was constrained by but ultimately become a paean to the tree.

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Alex Staniloff

A house is typically not designed to support the load of a second story, so the project was envisioned as a bridge spanning from a new dining room at the rear to a false front facade, thus floating effortlessly above the existing house.

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Alex Staniloff

The home as approached from the street.

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Alex Staniloff

A close-up of the false front facade with a large concrete foundation which is expressed as a planter to soften the building edge at the ground plane

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Alex Staniloff

A view of the new dining room at the rear. 

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The diagram depicts the process of removing the existing roof and installing new structure that elevates the new addition above the original home.

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Alex Staniloff

A view of the new dining room and the light cascading from upstairs.

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Alex Staniloff

Playful windows illuminating the stairway. 

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Floor Plans

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Alex Staniloff

A view at the top of the stairs looking into the master bedroom.

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Alex Staniloff

The window wall, high above the street and screened behind the oak tree for privacy. 

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Alex Staniloff

Creating the illusion of inhabiting a treehouse.

 

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