Architects: Dan BrunnLocation: Los Angeles, California, United StatesYear: 2017Area: 3.600 ft²/ 335 m²Photo courtesy: Brandon ShigetaDescription:
“The home appearance an attainable attic plan to becloud the curve amid spaces. The aboriginal attic includes artisan studio, active area, dining area, kitchen, multipurpose room/guest bedroom, tea room, bathroom, and crumb room. Two bedrooms and baths are on the added floor, forth with an open‐air atrium.
Design: Los Angeles‐based artisan Dan Brunn, AIA, Principal of Dan Brunn Architecture, redesigned the 3,600‐square‐foot above Janss Family residence—a hub associated with the abreast L.A. art arena in the 1970s and 1980s—by application his minimalist aesthetic, while accumulation architecture cues from the home’s aboriginal artisan Frank Gehry, FAIA. The absolute aboriginal attic was gutted to actualize an open‐air plan that accommodates assignment and affectation amplitude for the owner, artisan James Jean, as able-bodied as calm necessities. Interiors are abiding about an absolute colossal ellipsoidal skylight. New windows were added to accompany added accustomed ablaze into the kitchen and active areas. Brunn created a activating bouncing admission bank and activated primary architecture materials—such as wood, concrete, and glass—as a nod to the architectural shapes and actual palette abundantly acclimated by Gehry at the time.
A fish‐scale copper‐clad aperture leads into a aeroembolism antechamber that begins to acquaint ascendant capacity of white vertical planes and the accurate arena plane, both disrupted by walnut surfaces. Before the all-embracing active area, the sculptural account of the home emerges in the anatomy of an alive stairway. The aboriginal adumbration appears aloft arrival, with the alpha of a walnut bank arch from the admission into the active room, but with a slight appendage into the walkway. The alive shapes and angles are in admiration to Gehry as able-bodied as to Jean, who appearance abounding arabesques in his abundant work. Handcrafted, the walnut admission extenuates the verticality of the space, adorable one up the stairs. The activating agitate appearance captures the ablaze throughout the day, accentuating the aureate tones of the wood, as the slats animate a ball of ablaze and shadow. Planes abide to about-face as one moves about the stairs, creating assorted adventures activity up and down.
Brunn absolute a activity of artlessness and continuum throughout the first‐floor home/work space. Interiors are meant to serve as a gallery‐like ambience for the homeowner’s alteration art displays. The ellipsoidal skylight (the alone architectural detail accomplished from Gehry’s aboriginal plan) charcoal as a axiological architecture element. Brunn re‐thought it by outfitting it with amplitude bolt to actualize an ambient glow, and installing LED lights that can afford aglow color. During the black hours, the aglow beam even transforms the affection of the amplitude through the comedy of color.
Minimal accoutrement ascertain “rooms” aural the attainable plan and accommodate adequate seating, yet acquiesce art to abide centermost stage. A charcoal‐colored breadth rug demarcates the chat breadth apprenticed by an Italian daybed with basic shelves in the accoutrements and two black‐and‐tan covering bung chairs advised by Jean Prouvé in 1930. The reclaimed balk coffee table is custom fabricated for the amplitude with acceptable Japanese joinery. It is a applicable analogue to the accomplished and intricate curve begin in a massive canvas by Jean that overlooks the active area.
Adjacent to the active amplitude is the dining breadth and kitchen. The kitchen bank appearance a bankrupt allotment to burrow accessories while hosting parties or absorbing guests. The all‐white kitchen is serene, featuring white back‐painted matte bottle forth built‐in cabinets and drawers. Adding ambit to the all‐white surfaces, Brunn plays with actual finishes—from matte to glossy—to accentuate differences in utility. The affable breadth looks assimilate the new garden through a new frameless window spanning from the countertop to ceiling. A thin‐planked Caesarstone “Pure White” kitchen island is glassy and elemental, with abounding avalanche edges. Similarly constructed, the copse dining table aloof above carries on the minimalist aesthetic. Black wood‐and‐mesh dining chairs beleaguer the continued table, which sits beneath a “Sky Bang Chandelier” of wood‐trimmed band lights.
A 14′ x 12′ pivoting bank at the far end of the abode either hides or reveals a multi‐purpose room. A built‐in murphy bed emerges from the floor‐to‐ceiling appliance to transform the library into a bedfellow room. The library offers assorted accumulator areas, attainable shelving for books, and bankrupt cupboards for clandestine items. An Eames Lounge Chair invites account and contemplation. Taking cues from Japanese tea houses, Brunn advised a board boxlike aggregate aural that amplitude for a array of activities: amusing gatherings, meditation, or music performance.