We've had a fantastic response to our free ticket drawing for a pair of tickets from CA Boom for the LA's New Independents Fall 2006 Design & Architecture Tours. Thursday afternoon we'll be drawing for our first lucky winner for the September 9th Silver Lake tour, but it's still not too late to enter to win with favourable odds. Neither is it too late to purchase tour tickets directly from CA Boom for what is shaping to be an exciting opportunity to meet local talented young architects and the architecture they've brought to the local landscape.
Perched on a hillside in Silverlake, this house responds to its site and city through its transparent southern exposure. A large Ash tree was preserved and integrated into the design. The tree literally envelopes the house, creating a microclimate to which the project responds.
The house employs passive solar design and other low tech methods of climate control. At the same time the open south elevation allows panoramic views of the Los Angeles basin. A post and beam structure defines space and form, allowing the openings to span from floor to ceiling.
The second floor bears on thin stainless steel columns and cantilevers over a concrete deck, which in turn cantilevers over the slope. The horizontal layering of the roof and floors adds depth to the interior spaces and engages the space under the tree. The strong horizontal projections also provide visual balance to the immense trunk and limbs. Redwood siding clads the overhangs and defines the threshold between the inside and outside.