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Eels Nest / Anonymous Architects

  • 01:00 - 7 June, 2012
Eels Nest / Anonymous Architects
Eels Nest / Anonymous Architects, © Steve King
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Echo Park, Los Angeles, CA, United States
  • Architects

    Anonymous Architects - Simon Storey
  • Contractor

    Armex Construction, Los Angeles
  • Area

    960.0 sqm
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

From the architect. Eel’s Nest

Echo Park, California

The name Eel’s Nest is often given to very narrow lots in Japan, those typically 3 meters or 15 feet in width. The width of this lot in Echo Park is exactly 15 feet and architect Simon Storey felt it was the perfect site to experiment with compact and efficient urban living. By building vertically, simply and minimally, he was able to use every square foot of space to create a live-work house.

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The lot size is 780 square feet and the original building on site was around 370 square feet. The permit from 1927 shows a small house on it’s own lot, which this rules out the possibility it was a carriage house. Its data was so unique that employees at the building department said they had never seen anything like it.

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In order to maximize the site and expand by an additional story special permission was required by the planning department. The original house was completely demolished except a few walls in the basement, which are still visible. Because the house is built to the property line the code requires that the house be fire rated on the exterior. To solve this challenge, Simon clad the house cement plaster for fire resistance.

The interior space has now doubled to create a Warm wood floors and cabinets run through every level and light penetrates into the living and first level spaces by creating an open stair at the 2nd level. A roof deck, which rises above the dense urban development, has views that extend as far as the Hollywood sign and the San Gabriel Mountains.

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john smith · September 16, 2014


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Joe · June 11, 2012

15 feet is 4.5 meters, not 3 meters, as the article implies.
Narrow, nevertheless.

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Danny · June 08, 2012

I visited this house when it was up for sale last year. I think the architect did an amazing job with the space he had. He made good use of his materials and site.

However, as is true with much of the homes I see on this site, its more about architecture to look at than architecture to live in. Unless you're a single guy or gal, just out of college, this is a tough house to live in. I think I counted three closets total, and they were very small at that.

I take nothing away from the design, I love it. I just couldn't live there myself. Is that an issue? But what I like to see are homes that architecturally impressive and yet, still remember that end of the day, people need to live there.

Tim Fisher · March 09, 2016 12:54 AM

DO you possibly know how long it is? I trying to recreate it on google sketchup and im unsure of its length

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