AIA|LA Tours: Willow Glen Houses
June 18, 10:00AM
Laurel Canyon, CA

Photo by Peter de Bretteville

AIA|LA 25-Year Award Recipient
AIA|LA Tours: Willow Glen Houses
Sunday, June 18. 10:00AM
Laurel Canyon, CA.
Designed by: Peter de Bretteville

The project is for two single-family dwellings for close friends who wish to live cooperatively rather
than in more typical LA isolation. The site slopes up steeply to the west from the street such that the
two houses are cut deeply into the hill for basements and garages. The main levels are reached through
a shared central exterior stair. Entry is from the common landing overlooking the street. The stair can
also be taken directly up into the garden. While the two houses have the same structure and materials,
the uniqueness of each family’s structure and interest is expressed in fundamentally different plan
arrangements and different interior finishes such that each house has its own character internally. This
is possible because the basic loft-like structure frames two-story spaces within which are placed
bedrooms as mezzanines. Both buildings are relatively closed to the street and open to the garden side
where overhanging balconies and canvas shade the glass walls. The skylights that run continuously
along the street balance the light through the interior especially in the two story living room and studio

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