the world's most visited architecture website
i

Sign up now and start saving and organizing your favorite architecture projects and photos

Sign up now to save and organize your favorite architecture projects

i

Find the most inspiring products for your projects in our Product Catalog.

Find the most inspiring products in our Product Catalog.

i

Get the ArchDaily Chrome Extension and be inspired with every new tab. Install here »

i

All over the world, architects are finding cool ways to re-use run-down old buildings. Click here to see the best in Refurbishment Architecture.

Want to see the coolest refurbishment projects? Click here.

i

Immerse yourself in inspiring buildings with our selection of 360 videos. Click here.

See our immersive, inspiring 360 videos. Click here.

All
Projects
Products
Events
Competitions
Navigate articles using your keyboard
  1. ArchDaily
  2. Projects
  3. Houses
  4. United States
  5. Predock Frane Architects
  6. 2008
  7. Twin Houses / Predock Frane Architects

Twin Houses / Predock Frane Architects

  • 00:00 - 8 August, 2011
Twin Houses / Predock Frane Architects
Twin Houses / Predock Frane Architects, © Jason Predock
© Jason Predock

© Jason Predock © Jason Predock © Jason Predock © Jason Predock + 16

Text description provided by the architects. This project is located in the Pacific Palisades, a hilly region between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Monica Mountains within an existing 1950's housing development. The project consists of twin houses sited adjacent to each other on a steep slope above a seasonal watershed. 

© Jason Predock
© Jason Predock

In this project Predock Frane Architects were interested in exploring the intersection of two classic California building typologies; the courtyard house and the hillside house. This intersection was then further complicated by the overlay of two height envelope parameters that very explicitly controlled the volumetric limits of the structures.

© Jason Predock
© Jason Predock

The building program was ambitious relative to total city allowances, so Predock Frane Architects started by intersecting the two envelopes, and then pierced this volume with two courtyards, altering the hillside typology into a hillside/courtyard hybrid.

© Jason Predock
© Jason Predock

This typological hybrid 'corrected' certain shortcomings in the hillside prototype. The central courtyard creates a large protected outdoor living space secluded from direct engagement with adjacent properties. The main courtyard and adjacent courtyard/recesses pierce the entire volume of the house creating light shafts to rooms typically 'buried' in the hillside and further expanding direct access to grounded exterior spaces. Materially the exterior of the houses are clad in dark stained wood plank, transitioning to white on its interior surfaces.

© Jason Predock
© Jason Predock

View the complete gallery

About this office
Predock Frane Architects
Office
Cite: "Twin Houses / Predock Frane Architects" 08 Aug 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/157336/twin-houses-predock-frane-architects/> ISSN 0719-8884
Read comments
Read comments