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#9 Dream / Dan Brunn Architecture

  • 16:00 - 19 February, 2019
  • Curated by Martita Vial
#9 Dream / Dan Brunn Architecture
#9 Dream / Dan Brunn Architecture, © Brandon Shigeta
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© Brandon Shigeta © Brandon Shigeta © Brandon Shigeta © Brandon Shigeta + 39

© Brandon Shigeta
© Brandon Shigeta

Text description provided by the architects. This single-story home received  a top-to-bottom renovation evoking the architect's signature high-concept design approach exploring the relationship between  vast space and light. The home features a living room, dining room, den, kitchen, loft, master suite, guest suite, powder room, and backyard with a barbecue  and Jacuzzi.

© Brandon Shigeta
© Brandon Shigeta

Nestled in the Hancock Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, architect Dan Brunn's private residence became an expression of his signature style. The house was transformed from a typical 1950s Los Angeles bungalow into a minimalist retreat. The remodeling process delicately balanced a nostalgic facade while transforming the interior spaces to accommodate present-day domestic activities with a clean, open-air feeling. Throughout the home, the architect's design aesthetic is evident in his utilization of provocative spatial choreography and harmonious connections between light and volume. The sheer openness and expansion of the main entertaining space, in conjunction with the views to the backyard and the filtering skylight system, make the house a true California classic.

Upon entry, there is a sudden sense of compression and expansion as the visitor  is propelled into the home's center.  This dramatic gesture of arrival is further amplified by the compact foyer space that abruptly breaks free to uncover  a soaring entertainment room and a living room with sunlit beams. The architect removed  all the walls to open the floor  plan and create an expansive entertaining room.  This large-scale central  space combines the living and dining rooms as well as the kitchen. Sewing together these areas into a single, seamless environment allows the free flow of air, light, and circulation.

© Brandon Shigeta
© Brandon Shigeta

Several west-facing skylights were installed against the crown of the roof's ridge beam to further open the home.  This design element  brings the outdoors  into the living and dining areas with bold rays of sunlight. When light enters the room, dramatic  diagonal  lines of rectangular shapes form on the wall to evoke natural art.  The skylights  flood the room with cascading sunlight and extra ventilation.

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A stone-colored rug outlines the living room.  Modern furnishings  with clean lines and neutral colors  create an illusion of lightness to complement the open room.  A light-grey  sofa anchors the space to provide airiness and comfort, while two  black  leather side chairs provide added seating. A side table features a hand-woven base with walnut wood surface to soften the hard lines within the space. Beside the sofa are two  knit poufs-one yellow, one grey-for casual relaxation on the floor.   Brunn constructed the vibrant-colored wall  art from a large sheet of maple-wood veneer plywood painted  with bold  acrylic paints.  It depicts the world's flags meshed together with two ribbon patterns to symbolize global harmony.

© Brandon Shigeta
© Brandon Shigeta

Directly across the living room is the dining area featuring  a neutral color  palette to maintain visual balance between spaces. The sleek, blonde-wood dining table is topped with  white DuPont Corian to allow easy cleaning. The blonde-wood-framed chairs include black, 3-D knitted anthracite-mesh backs to provide extreme comfort and stacking ability. Nestled in the corner is Brunn's  bass guitar that he adorned  with the same flag patterns as the painting. The furniture in both the living and dining rooms is minimal, to keep the space open and uncluttered.

Brunn believes the kitchen is the heart of the home.  Sleek, ultra-white custom-designed cabinets are made of back-painted Starfire glass adhered to baked-on lacquered fiberboard panels.  The refined space offers easy maintenance and cleanup for messy cooking. A glass-top breakfast table and wood-and-mesh chairs sit in front of the kitchen's bay window, which provides  exterior views and abundant natural light.  Hanging from above is a mirror-glass  globe pendant to evoke a contemporary vibe.

© Brandon Shigeta
© Brandon Shigeta

Above the kitchen and below the skylights sits an inviting loft space cleverly accessible with a hidden ladder that retracts into the laundry room. Serving as a private sanctuary, the loft is filled with design books, old records, and a vintage 1978 Pioneer Hi-Fi stereo. The loft adds more height to the central living space, while remaining open to views below. Opening the ceiling necessitated the addition of a new wooden post, which the architect left as natural wood to add warmth and acknowledge the structural work done on the house. A thin glass railing, floating elegantly along the perimeter, encloses the loft while keeping the central living area visible. The ledge on the other side of the glass features the architect's most prized possession- The Beatles

© Brandon Shigeta
© Brandon Shigeta

The vast,open  spaces continue in the master bedroom. White and neutral tones manipulate the area, along with a magenta-striped carpet and black  Eames lounge chair to provide the only  color accents.  The master bathroom consists of large-format porcelain tile, blond-wood cabinets, and a glass-encased shower-  all following the architect's notion of the beauty of simplicity. A clerestory window stretches along the full length of the basin wall. The backlit mirror sheds glowing light into the space.

Retractable glass sliding doors from the home's central space create a grand welcome into the backyard. The shelf above the doors is framed in order to store various design objects, while hiding the curtain  track.  A colorful, 20-can series of limited-edition Andy Warhol real cans of Campbell's Tomato Soup curiously draws the eye upward. A covered  patio includes a sofa, lounge chairs, and coffee table for outdoor enjoyment. The backyard  becomes an open spac used for entertainment and features a board-formed concrete  kitchen with barbecue  and whirlpool spa.

© Brandon Shigeta
© Brandon Shigeta

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Cite: "#9 Dream / Dan Brunn Architecture" 19 Feb 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/911581/number-9-dream-dan-brunn-architecture/> ISSN 0719-8884

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