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Mount Washington Studio / FAR frohn&rojas

Mount Washington Studio / FAR frohn&rojas

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Los Angeles, United States
  • Client:Kim Schoen
  • Engineering:Farshid Behshid, IDG Structural Engineering
  • General Constructor:El Castillo Construction
  • Design Team:Marc Frohn, Mario Rojas Toledo, Max Koch, Maria Martinez, Wendy Gilmartin
  • City:Los Angeles
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© Brica Wilcox
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Text description provided by the architects. Adding a studio and a spacious deck facing the silhouette of the Angeles National Forest we extended the home of the LA-based artist Kim Schoen. The existing 1930s house is located on a steeply sloping site in the Mount Washington neighborhood of Los Angeles.

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Ground floor plan
Ground floor plan

Taking advantage of the slope we located the studio a full level below the ground floor of the existing home so that its roof surface could double as a spacious deck. It offers an outdoor living and dining area protected from the sun by a large Eucalyptus tree overhanging the deck thus offering shade and privacy.

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The north-facing studio wall features a large-scale bi-fold garage door. Its translucent corrugated and twin-wall cladding offer indirect natural lighting while abstracting the surrounding landscape silhouette into a fine vertical linear pattern. Opened up the garage door folds into a canopy orienting the studio to the outside and framing a panoramic view of the surrounding hills. 

© Brica Wilcox
© Brica Wilcox
© Brica Wilcox
© Brica Wilcox

All surfaces of the deck and the exterior stair connecting it to the lower level are clad in tile creating a delicate three-dimensional grid. While its rhythmic precision sets the addition apart from the existing house, the color of the tiles matching that of the existing facades synchronizes the two. 

© Brica Wilcox
© Brica Wilcox

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Address:Los Angeles, CA, United States

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Cite: "Mount Washington Studio / FAR frohn&rojas" 01 Oct 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/925740/mount-washington-studio-far-frohn-and-rojas> ISSN 0719-8884
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