Los Angeles, CA USA 2006
2006 AIA National Housing Award
Completed by lee + mundwiler
Built on a sub-standard lot (25’x100’),the home is located in a densely populated residential area. The familiar housing typology references a traditional 'HOME'. However, by subtracting volumes from the building mass, light, air, and nature penetrate deeply into the living space. These subtractions spatially extend the home beyond its moderate volume, blurring the boundary of the narrow lot while shielding it from exposure to the neighbors and the busy street.
The skylight and louvered courtyard bathe the interior in the changing light and shadow of the day, while wrapping the home in a sense of privacy. The facade of dark fiber panels with natural wood veneer emulates the tough shell of a 'COCONUT', which physically and psychologically plays a role of security. This maintenance-free facade also eliminates the use of petroleum products for many years.