• M.Arch I (SCI-Arc), B.Sc (School of Interactive Arts and Technology)

  • 2347 Silver Lake Blvd.,
    Los Angeles, CA

    The 9-square grid is manipulated both volumetrically and planimetrically - while the nodes of the planimetric grid are rigourously controlled to create tension in both circulation and stasis, the two main volumetric pieces are specifically placed to create tension between the two. The inner courtyard determines the flexibility of the planimetric space, fluctuating the experience as the sliding doors are opened and closed. The courtyard distributes light throughout the house, the architecture being private and introverted on the first level, while completely open on the second level patio. The front facade is blank and without aperture in order for the massing of the cantilever to be solidly read against the rectilinear base.

Above: Axonometric.
Below: Section.

Above: Section.
Below: Model photographs.

Above: Model photographs.

Above: Plan of second level/courtyard.
Below: Plan of third floor.

Diagrams of positive/negative space:

Precise placement of courtyard centre based upon mass and site axes:

Diagrams illustrating the spatial connection that is possible with glass pocket sliding doors connecting to the interior courtyard:

Diagrams revealing some of the possible spatial configurations that are the result of transparent glass dividing walls and doors in the project:

Figure-ground diagrams:

Comparison of the typical solid-void relationship of the suburban home to the figure-ground of the project:

Diagrams that illustrate the subtle shifting of a nine-square grid to form the spaces of the project:

As the squares of the grid shift, they begin to create sub-grids and sub-sub-grids that add subtle irregularities to the project. On the bottom row, the diagrams describe the tensioning that exists in the project due to the solid-void relationship between massing parts: