West Coast Modernism – L.A.’s New Single-Family Homes

Los Angeles – A city of dreams. L.A. is a city that inspires freedom and experimentation. It is well-known in the United States and around the globe. It is also home to many houses. Nearly half of Los Angeles’ single-family homes are single-family homes. As the city evolves, architects are exploring new ways to modernize and simplify daily life with the single-family typology.

L.A. County is home to approximately 10 million people, and Los Angeles has grown to be one of the most diverse cities in the world. It is home to some of the world’s most famous residential and cultural architecture. Los Angeles is home to Lautner, Schindler and Wright. The city has long been a symbol of diversity and progress, with the Eames House, the Gehry’s Residence, and the iconic Stahl House. Julius Shulman’s lens revealed many homes that were representative of new styles and the postwar culture in Southern California.

L.A.’s architectural identity, however, is fluid. It is shaped by the economic, social, and planning forces influencing how people live today. These projects, which go beyond the historic homes in Los Angeles, are a glimpse at single-family residential design from the past decade. These projects build on a legacy that was established in many predecessors and the Case Study House program. They also address various economic and zoning factors that have changed how homes can be designed. Few cities have so many modern houses. However, L.A. is also facing housing shortages and density issues, which will reshape the single-family home.

Bridge House LA, Designed by Dan Brunn Architecture

Bridge House LA is located in the heart of Hancock Park. It was built over two years. The home was designed by Dan Brunn and spanned 65 feet over a stream. Brunn’s “less can be more” building philosophy is carried out in the house, which occupies 4,500 sq. ft. on a 15,000-square-foot lot. This home’s dedication to sustainable solutions is intended to demonstrate innovative systems, forward-thinking processes, and systems. Brunn stated that the idea was to create something extraordinary using ordinary resources.

Blackbirds By Bestor Architecture

Although technically, Blackbirds is a collection of single-family homes but it’s a cluster of 18 homes located in the Bohemian Hills of Los Angeles_ Echo Park neighborhood, designed by Bestor Architecture. Multi-house developments are a modern solution to high-quality, dense housing in a small city. These houses, which are approximately 1,930 square feet, have a mixture of two and three bedrooms and are constructed around a central courtyard, which includes both landscape and parking areas. It also serves as the stage for more significant community events and plays.

Yin-Yang House Brooks + Scarpa Architects

The Yin-Yang House, a single-family house in a quiet neighborhood of Venice, is a one-family home. The design aimed to create a place for large families with multiple children. This would allow them to live in a peaceful, organized, and relaxed environment. The home will also entertain friends and provide a social environment for teens to meet up with friends.

Tree Top Residence Designed by Belzberg Architects

Tree Top Residence is a celebration of the complex landscape surrounding the site, rising from the canopy of trees. The three-story house was built along a natural line. Its long, narrow plan mimics and inverts the site’s topography, creating horizontal and vertical relationships. The spiral staircase acts as a primary organizing element and a sculpture upon entering the house. It acts as a threshold to the open plan on the ground floor. On the upper floor, it separates the main suite from the children’s quarter and provides a light well into the basement. Horizontally, walls should be avoided in favor of fluidly connected spaces.

Car Park House by Anonymous Architects

The Car Park House was designed from a vacant lot with a steep slope to the street. It places the carport on top of the Residence. It is a response to the building code requiring two parked cars. The inversion places the house’s ground floor on the roof, making it surprising that you can drive up to the roof from your home. You can also use the roof as a deck and enjoy unobstructed views over the San Gabriel Mountains.

Pittman Dowell Residence Michael Maltzan Architecture

The Pittman Dowell Residence, located 15 miles north of Los Angeles on the edge of Angeles National Forest, is situated on 6 acres of land originally intended to be a hillside subdivision by Richard Neutra. Michael Maltzan Architecture says that only one house was built on this site, the 1952 Serulnic House. The current owners have created an extensive desert garden on the unbuilt pad and an outdoor pavilion. The Pittman Dowell Residence is located in the final clearing. It is surrounded by the only winding road that leads to the Serulnic Residence, which is on the bluff above.

30th Street House – Blue Truck Studio

The 30th Street House was created to reinvent a home that had octagon-shaped rooms. The client wanted a home with simple forms and rustic textures similar to those found in Sea Ranch, a Northern California community. Blue Truck Studio added siding to the house’s exterior. This was done to reduce its size and increase privacy. Alaskan yellow cedar siding was custom-milled and chosen for its ability to weather, eventually graying out to give it a rustic look reminiscent of Sea Ranch.

Orum Residence created by SPF architects

Orum Residence was created to blend into its surroundings and maximize views. The three-story structure is shaped like a propeller and is covered in glass to reflect the stunning views of the Los Angeles basin. The client desired a house hosting significant events and her extended family. The team divided the program into three “blades” that radiate from one central node.

See-Through House by Koning Eizenberg Architecture

Koning Eizenberg designed a suburban See-Through House to accommodate a Planning Commissioner’s family. This project will provide a more relaxed connection to the street and an enhanced perception of space on a 50’x150′ lot. It organizes expansive views along the length of the house. The team explained that tracing the maximum allowed planning envelope created a barn-shaped roof. This gave rise to a rural reference that reflected the family’s interest in the informal, small, and communal. A Quaker bonnet inspired the guesthouse roof in an old family portrait. It serves as a backdrop to various indoor and outdoor spaces. The house and yard have movable privacy/sun control screens that allow for different views at different times.

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