oyler wu collaborative: the hyperion project
oyler wu collaborative: the hyperion project
dec 15, 2010

oyler wu collaborative: the hyperion project

the hyperion project in silver lake by oyler wu collaborative all images courtesy oyler wu collaborative




located on a vibrant commercial street in the silver lake area of los angeles, this building is a renovation of an existing 1930’s residential duplex. the project involves an ongoing series of interventions and transformations, beginning with the renovation of the building and growing to include a fence, with several (constantly evolving) additions in the works.  the building includes the design office of oyler wu collaborative, with a private residence located upstairs. the exterior of the building is an austere two-story volume clad in fiber-reinforced cement board with deep, recessed aluminum windows.  the interior of the building combines exposed 1930’s wood frame construction with simple modern detailing.


the primary design feature of the project is an aluminum and 100% recycled composite board fence along hyperion avenue. this fence serves as a visual barrier between the busy traffic along hyperion avenue and the live/work building. conceived of as a (not so private) privacy fence, the structure explores the spatial and geometrical implications of a constant fluctuation between horizontal louver and vertical slat.

oyler wu collaborative: the hyperion project

oyler wu collaborative: the hyperion project

oyler wu collaborative: the hyperion project

oyler wu collaborative: the hyperion project

oyler wu collaborative: the hyperion project

oyler wu collaborative: the hyperion project section view of fence



project info:


location: los angeles, CA completed: 2010 project team: dwayne oyler, jenny wu, mike piscitello, jacques lesec, paul cambon, huy le, nathan myers, dan hutchins, jian huang, michael chung, vincent yeh, ehab ghali, sanjay sukie, chris eskew, matt evans exterior photography: scott mayoral interior photography: dwayne oyler structural engineer: william hogan square footage: 1800 sq. feet

  • talk about a super-surface…
    is that really a 1930s house? the renovation, based on these photos, seems to have stripped away a certain quality.

    its a bit ridiculous that to dedicate so much attention to a small portion of a fence. whats the point, besides making a grand entrance?

    gaque says:
  • too bad that this metal fence kills the street. This section of Hyperion is a very friendly pedestrian zone with lots of foot traffic. The old houses on this part of the street had generous setbacks and big yards that made walking down the street a fun experience. The old man who used to live next door to this house used to sit on his porch and say hi as people walked by.
    Now oyler wu paved the front yard, turned it into a parking lot and put a garish “movie set” metal fence right out to the sidewalk.
    I expect architects to give better consideration and awareness about the social environment and the impact of their work on neighborhoods–especially architecture teachers.
    I give this project a D–no pass. Please do over.

    John says:
  • The fence is built with aluminum which is one of the least environmentally sustainable building materials availble.. What are they teaching in architecture school these days?
    At least we can get some cash when we tear the fence down.

  • Sorry John… This house is just not my thing. but you know that already probably!

    Vincent says:
  • I spoke with the architect/owner/builder and it seems to me that both he and the house are not a good fit for the neighborhood. The fence has sharp edges and is a hazard. The whole project is an eyesore.The fence design is based on the fact that he is uncomfortable with the people who walk the street in his neighborhood. No wonder HOAs are so successful. Thank god this is not next door to my house. No sense of community here.

    Repoman 90027 says:
  • There has been a pretty lively discussion about how this fence is disliked by people in the neighborhood.
    One of the big problems that keeps getting mentioned how alienating it is for pedestrians. This is a street with a lot of foot traffic. This is a neighborhood where people talk about how great it is to be able to walk to the corner store or the corner hardware store or just take a stroll in the evening. Many of us grew up taking walks in the neighborhood and enjoying the great architecture from Hollywood Fantasy house to the great work of Neutra, Lautner and Frank Lloyd Wright.
    Unfortunately oyler and wu missed the opportunity to improve the neighborhood by letting have a peak at the design lab from the street. Instead our neighborhood has been treated as a threat. Too bad that they didn’t take the time to get to know the neighborhood before taking action.
    This is the kind of thing that Jane Jacobs, Lewis Mumford and contemporary New Urbanists rally against.
    I hope they read up on what makes good, healthy urban neighborhoods before making this mistake again.

    John says:

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