HIDE AND SEEK HOUSE– West Los Angeles Multifamily Housing

This 15 unit multi-residential project has been submitted to the LADBS for city approvals (Novemeber 26, 2017). It will be concrete podium, wood superstructure, with board concrete facade members, and pre-weathered steel fins that shade and partially conceal.   The architecture intentionally elevates the industrial steel, through refined forms and juxtapositions, to draw out its specific beauty.  The steel is married with an abundance of mostly low-water plants that cascade down the concrete and in the beds below.  At the roof garden, the rust-colored steel  reappears as a frozen wave, alongside a recycled reflecting pool. Nature is drawn into the architecture and becomes part of the construct. Even the hue of the shading devices, located in front of the double glazing, introduces the earthy tones of a forest.

There is a also a stage-set (Hollywood) quality to the facade. It as if a forestral scene of hide and seek could be played out . Astro-turf lines the pony walls at the base of the glass, adding another juxtaposition, this time of the artificial against the real, that reflects city life in Los Angeles.

One observer playfully suggested that the Euclidian geometry of the glass and concrete is interrupted by Dinosaurial spines.

 

Dropped soffits at the ceiling, seen in the reflected ceiling above, reintroduce curves into an orthogonal layout, and once again interrupt the Euclidian geometries. The kitchen spaces in each unit are defined by a single circular column.

The lobby will feature cut engineered wood at the ceiling that is meant to mimic roots or a canopy of branches.