John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects
1461 E 4th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90033
213 253 4740
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c. JFAK, 2020
Comprised of three new architectural elements, this project is located in the backyard of a typical Mediterranean house in San Marino, a city well known for mandating traditional styles for all structures visible from the public domain. The design utilizes contemporary forms that are sculptural, dynamic, and bold – but that still “fit in.” They combine with the existing house and garage to create an intimately-scaled, heterogeneous family compound.
The most prominent of the new elements is a triangular shade structure that frames a view of a new pool and creates a clear focal point at the rear of the yard. It provides maximum shade at the terrace, where it is most needed, while allowing full sunlight over the pool and spa. Additionally, the angle of its roof addresses the commonly-used backyard entrance that is located at the opposite corner of the backyard.
The shade structure also frames a compelling view of a new fountain, which is constructed of both smooth and board-formed concrete, articulated with inserted bronze channels. Beyond the obvious aesthetic qualities of the fountain – it also addresses a basic functional need: it hides the pool equipment and masks its incessant hum.