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anonymous architects: big and small house, los angeles
feb 27, 2013
anonymous architects: big and small house, los angeles


‘big and small house’ by anonymous architects, los angeles, california, united states

all images courtesy of anonymous architects

 

 

anonymous architects has just shared images of the completed ‘big and small house’, located on a steep hillside in los angeles. overlooking the
dots of light on the sfumato cityscape, the slight 900 square foot home brilliantly uses a concrete pile foundation to cantilever off of the slope. the structural
gesture serves to mimic the formerly vacant site’s open plan as well as pull in generous amounts of natural illumination. the residence contains only
2 full height walls, allowing for diffused sunlight to pervade the airy, lofted space. the architectural approach favors floating volumes, both in that
the building’s relationship to the ground is limited to four small pilotis and that the structure encloses an unusual geometry of an asymmetric parallelogram. 
white oak interiors and unadorned planes are dematerialized by the skylights and glazed apertures. the verticality of the seamed metal cladding creates
crisp lines that define an elevation mirrored in plan. the result is a home that accesses the idiosyncrasies of the site and re-imagines them as beneficiaries
of the architecture.

 

 

the site is shaped by hills and a pervasive car culture

 

 

entrance view

 

 

a slight footprint belies a brilliant orchestration of space 

 

 

the cladding delineates the asymmetric volumes

 

 

angled glazing is both light-capturing and provides cross ventilation 

 

 

the ground level contains a large room with an open plan and mixed program 

 

 

the residence contains only 2 full height walls which allow diffused light to help open the space 

 

 

an example of efficiently used space

 

 

light, glazing and material differentiate the program 

 

 

the cantilevered form opens the house to the landscape 

 

 

a view of the hallway behind the stair 

 

 

(left): every square foot is maximized with program, especially niches and lofts
(right): vertical circulation is pushed to the very limits of the plan

 

 

a lofted bedroom is punctured with light 

 

 

apertures are strategically cut to the ground and ceiling 

 

 

the geometries of light work in conjunction with the framed landscape 

 

 

the slight home maximizes the optimally positioned site 

 

 

 

 

 

 

site plan

 

 

floor plan level 0 

 

 

floor plan level 1 

 

 

wall section 

 

 

south elevation

 

 

east elevation 

 

 

north elevation

 

 

west elevation

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