warren techentin architecture designs montrose duplex
 
warren techentin architecture designs montrose duplex
may 20, 2014

warren techentin architecture designs montrose duplex

warren techentin architecture designs montrose duplex
photo by nicholas alan cope
all images courtesy of warren techentin architecture

 

 

 

designed by warren techentin architecture, the ‘montrose duplex’ includes the addition of a independent dwelling unit atop an existing garage, located behind a residence in a suburb of los angeles. rather than creating an extension on the main house, this solution maintains the existing gardens and outdoor areas, while creating a new 484 square foot living space, thereby doubling the site’s density. the structure is distinguished by its wood plank rain screen, which serves to shade the roof and walls and reduce heat gain into the building. responding to the warm southern california climate, the scheme integrates various other green strategies to reduce energy usage and create a comfortable living environment. these features include solar panels, use of renewable materials, passive ventilation, increased insulation, and collectively allow for the elimination of gas as an energy source.

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a piece of the loft protrudes from the volume to frame a view
photo by nicholas alan cope

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the wood screen layer shades the walls and roof to reduce solar gain
photo by nicholas alan cope

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(left): the double height unit is spacious and bright
(right): an operable skylight allows for passive cooling via stack ventilation
photo by nicholas alan cope

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the garage space features a work area against a polycarbonate clad wall
photo by nicholas alan cope

 

drawings

 

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form  development diagram

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 exploded axonometric of building systems

warren techentin montrose duplex designboom

site plan presenting landscape elements and relationship to sun movements

warren techentin montrose duplex designboom

floor plans
(left): level 0 / garage
(middle): level +1 / unit
(right): level +2 / loft

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sections
(left): north-south
(right): east-west

  • I like the the simplicity of the design. Its shape is a pure result of the context.

    Jeroen

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