South Pasadena, CA

Site Size: 29,900 square feet

Project Size: 650 square feet (first phase of a larger compound)

Program: Completed in November 2009, the pool house is the first phase of a larger single-family residential building project on a large flag-shaped lot in South Pasadena, just northeast of Los Angeles. While it was originally built to allow a family of four to live on site during construction, it is currently used as a guest house.

Solution: The 650-square-foot space contains a double height lounge and bedroom, which is divided by a bathroom and kitchen core. The mezzanine above the core provides additional sleeping space. The wood-framed house is constructed with simple materials: metal siding, concrete floors, drywall, and triple-wall polycarbonate, and the bathroom and kitchen are lined with oriented strand board with a blackboard wainscot. To help cool off the building during Southern California's hot, dry summers, the architects installed fan-assisted earth cooling tubes.


Formal name of building: South Pasadena Pool House

Location: South Pasadena, CA

Completion Date: 11/2009

Gross square footage: 650 SQ FT

Architect's firm name, address, phone, and fax number:
Koning Eizenberg Architecture
1454 25th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90404
T 310 828 6131

Personnel in architect's firm who should receive special credit: Julie Eizenberg, AIA (Principal in Charge); Oonagh Ryan (Project Architect/ Manager); Keith Gendel

Engineer(s): CW Howe Associates

Photographer(s): Eric Staudenmaier

CAD system, project management, or other software used:



Structural system
Wood frame

Exterior cladding
Metal Panels: corrugated metal siding

Metal/glass curtain wall: polygal ' coated cellular polycarbonate

Elastomeric: Dex-o-Tex, Weatherware

Skylights: Bristolite

Sliding doors: Custom glass

Interior finishes
Cabinetwork and custom woodwork: Pre-finished Baltic plywood, lacquered MDF

Paints and stains: Benjamin Moore

Paneling: interior ' oriented strand board

Floor and wall tile: Hakati

Energy management or building automation system: Crestron

Photovoltaic system: Trinasolar, Caleffi