Los Angeles, CA | 2007

Surrounded by stately residences in a variety of historical styles, this 5,300 square-foot single-family residence responds with a deceptively simple composition of volumes, voids, and screens. The balanced muscularity of the street facade presents a contemporary response to the formality and classicism of the adjacent structures. The L-shaped ground floor includes a kitchen/family room wing that extends into the backyard garden. Generously-sized terraces and large banks of sliding glass doors encourage year-round indoor-outdoor living.

The emphasis on simplicity continues inside the structure, which employs a free plan animated by a floating staircase located between the foyer and living room. Abundant use of natural light activates the interior spaces. A reduced palette of light-colored materials, including exterior plaster walls, terrazzo floors, painted drywall, and quartz countertops, emphasizes the house’s natural light and free flowing spaces, as well as its simple, unfettered character. These materials are accented with wood siding, screens, and floors.


Project Team

Principal-in-Charge: John Friedman
Project Team: Alice Kimm, Dan Brunn, Claudia Kessner, Elif Tinaztepe
Structural Engineer: William Koh and Associates, Inc.
Civil Engineer: Network Engineering
Landscape Designer: Erin King
General Contractor: Bonomo Development
Photography: Fotoworks