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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