Residence in West Los Angeles occupies a corner lot in a mixed area
of single family homes and small apartment buildings. The design
turns the house inward to create a protected precinct in the tradition
of Los Angeles courtyard houses, building upon the Southern California
tradition of seamless spatial integration of indoors and out.
3000 sf main residence, a 500 sf garage and a 700 sf guest house
are positioned to form an intimate courtyard, which takes full advantage
of sunlight and encompasses spaces for different occasions: sunny
area for the lap-pool, a covered patio for year-round outdoor dining,
and covered porches for lounging and entertaining.
The house is
conceived as an 'elegant warehouse' in the tradition of the postwar
Case Study houses, and continues Barton Myers' explorations in steel
housing. The main pavilion is an open, loft space enclosed by glazed
'garage' doors, with an exposed structural steel frame and metal
deck, and concrete floors.