Program: In designing this multi-volume detached house, L.A.-based Struere Architecture sought to engage with both the expansive natural surroundings of the Hollywood site and with an existing modernist house on the same property, designed by Milton Caughey in the 1950s.
Location: Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles, CA
Solution: The flat, overhanging roof of the new house echoes the horizontal composition of the original modernist house, meant to evoke the vast Los Angeles horizon. A sandy garden between the detached volumes is sparsely landscaped, apart from a tree rising through a void in the roof. Floor-to-ceiling windows open the house to the strikingly-designed grassy courtyard, which separate the new structure from the old house, creating a dialogue between nature and architecture all at once.
Construction and materials: The house employs design strategies common to modern houses in the Los Angeles area, but with an eye toward efficiency and sustainability. The highly transparent low-iron glazing of the floor-to-ceiling windows blurs the distinction between indoors and outdoors. The use of steel made the walls and overhanging roof thinner while also increasing insulation efficiency.
Completion date: June 2015
Gross square footage: 1,200 SF
Struere, 3324 Grand View Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066, (310) 748-7649
Personnel in architect's firm who should receive special credit:
Hraztan Zeitlian, Design Principal
Structural Engineer: David Reith and Associates, Inc.
Surveyor: Becker & Miyamoto, Inc.
Geotechnical Engineer: Grover Hollingsworth and Associates
CA Title 24 Compliance: Solargy
Dana Benson Construction
Jeff Ong, PostRAIN Productions
Little Tomato Landscapes
Steel Frame superstructure with wood framing.
Manufacturer of any structural components unique to this project:
Masonry: Adobe brick veneer made on site from native soils
EIFS, ACM, or other: Exterior Stucco Plaster Steel Troweled Finish.
Moisture barrier: Tyvek.
Elastomeric: Energy star class A torch down with title 24 membrane applied on top.
Metal frame: Cold rolled steel punched window frames
Glass: floor to ceiling glass monolithic low iron 1/2" glass
Entrances: glass doors monolithic low iron 1/2" glass
Wood doors: All interior Doors Solid Core Wood Doors
Sliding doors: Metal Window Corp extruded aluminum
Locksets: Exterior Door Hardware: CR Laurence
Paints and stains: Benjamin Moore
Wall coverings: Diamond Drapery double recessed curtain tracks
Paneling: Walnut Paneling at Kitchen and Bedroom
Solid surfacing: Ceasar Stone Kitchen countertops
Floor and wall tile: Bathroom near Kitchen: Bisazza.
Raised flooring: Interior Flooring throughout: Terrazzo by El Verde Terrazzo inc.
Special interior finishes unique to this project: Interior Flooring throughout: Terrazzo by El Verde Terrazzo inc.
Interior ambient lighting: Element by Tech Lighting
Downlights:Sconce at Bathroom: Halo Sconce by Paul Loebach through Twentieth