Tour #2: Los Angeles Modern Homes and Gardens

July 18, 2011 by


Photo: Fung + Blatt Architects.

This is the second in a series of five homes and gardens in the Silverlake and Echo Park neighborhoods that I visited as part of Dwell on Design’s self-guided tour of East Side Los Angeles residences, all exemplifying a modern and conceptually-driven design aesthetic, at the same time socially and environmentally sensitive.

Rome House
A gentle slope and a few steps brings visitors to the L-shaped house that was one of my favorites for the manner in which the boundaries between indoors and out were blurred. Forming an “S” shape around two informal courtyards, the contemporary house rises between pairs of concrete walls from the ground to the main upper level.


Entrance courtyard. Photo: Robin Plaskoff Horton


The kitchen’s seamless corner windows. Photo: Robin Plaskoff Horton

Clever seamless corner windows by Milgard defy the expected, offering an unobstructed straight line of view from the open kitchen to the outside. A three-story stair tower serves as a ‘thermal chimney’ and imparts natural light deep into the interior, and enables convective cooling throughout the house. A cantilevered upper-level deck offers city views to both the dining and family room areas.


Open exterior stairwell and upper deck. Photo: Robin Plaskoff Horton

Climbing the open stairwell, one can peer down onto the family living area below and an upper-level library opens to a viewing deck of its own. Even from the shower, one can view the back garden and, from the shower’s glass door, exit right onto the back deck.


Almost like showering al fresco: one can exit directly on to the back deck. Photo: Robin Plaskoff Horton.


Looking down from upper level. Photo: Robin Plaskoff Horton


Interior stairwell: glass lets in light but maintains privacy. Photo: Robin Plaskoff Horton

Designed by Fung + Blatt Architects, the residence is a collection of simple forms that together form a dynamic relationship between the interior and exterior spaces. The angles and open areas cast some wonderful graphic shadows when I was there.


Looking in to the family room from outside. Photo: Fung + Blatt Architects.


Looking out from family room. Photo: Robin Plaskoff Horton.


Lush grasses surround the front side area and its small hidden patio. Photo: Robin Plaskoff Horton.


Living room opens on to upper balcony. Photo: Robin Plaskoff Horton.


Even under part of the outside stairs, there were enclaves of delicious plantings.

Next: Residence #3…stay tuned!

  • http://www.manuretea.com Annie Haven | Authentic Haven Brand

    Wonderful share, I love the modern clean lines of these homes <|;-)

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