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  7. San Lorenzo Residence / Mike Jacobs Architecture

San Lorenzo Residence / Mike Jacobs Architecture

  • 01:00 - 1 March, 2013
San Lorenzo Residence / Mike Jacobs Architecture
San Lorenzo Residence / Mike Jacobs Architecture, © Michael Wells
© Michael Wells

© Michael Wells © Michael Wells © Michael Wells © Michael Wells + 29

  • Architects

  • Location

    Los Angeles, United States
  • Architect in Charge

    Mike Jacobs, Artur Growchowski, Dan Nissimov, Maria Tiliakos, Momo Araki
  • General Contracting

    MFH Construction
  • Structural Engineering

    Gordon Polon Consulting Engineers
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

© Michael Wells
© Michael Wells

Text description provided by the architects. Located at the end of a canyon road, the San Lorenzo House responds to and engages its surrounding landscapes: an interior private garden to the south and the manicured fairways of a golf course to the north.

© Michael Wells
© Michael Wells

Following a careful zoning study, two interlocking “L-shaped” formally organize the house: the first "L-shape", an open and transparent enclosure and veranda (steel/glass), incorporates the communal living spaces of garden, pool, living rooms and theater; the second "L-shape," an opaque enclosure (stucco/cedar), holds the basic form of the house and incorporates the private bedrooms and service spaces.

© Michael Wells
© Michael Wells

A large open living space is central to the organization of the house. Pocket sliding doors open the south wall to the garden and north facing windows unfold to view the fairways create direct connections to the exterior. These large openings passively cool the house and draw fresh air deep into the residual spaces to naturally ventilate the home.

First Floor Plan
First Floor Plan

Social exchange is expressed by section. An elongated formal stair links the terraced living spaces to the exterior and connects to the theater below. A pair of secondary flanking stairs provide access from the residual private rooms and service areas. These multiple points-of-entry produce a constant interchange between the family unit.

Cite: "San Lorenzo Residence / Mike Jacobs Architecture" 01 Mar 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884