somewhere in L.A.

Architecture – mine in this case, has been in need of attention. Let me explain.

In the course of ones life priorities sometimes fade, sometimes a certain kind of laziness sets in; skills may slip.  As an effort to stay ahead of that curve and as an exercise to ward off architectural flabbiness, I decided to try something I would normally shy away from: design a spec house. It would be on a small hillside lot in a medium to low income area of L.A.. It would, of course, have to be sold at a profit. Now, designing a spec house may fall far below your radar of important things in life. And because spec house design is mostly driven by a bottom line that rarely leaves room for a breath of architectural life, it mostly remains below mine as well. I normally don’t aim my sights in that direction.  Add to that, there may be only a distant chance of it ever being built. But no matter.  As I said, I did it for the exercise – and the challenge. I know and accept that there’s a limited audience for what I do and that a house designed as I’ve done here may have even smaller appeal. But because I’m reasonably happy with it, I’m posting it nevertheless. Enjoy if you can. If not, c’est la vie.

street view

street view

view from below

view from below

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9 thoughts on “somewhere in L.A.

  1. “Maybe it’s the act of creation itself. Maybe happiness lies in the journey – in its pursuit. The possibilities are endless and as variable as life itself.” (Now…WHO said that?)
    You’ve obviously enjoyed the task you set for yourself. Nice job!

  2. Interesting exercise! And elegant results :-). I’ve been imagining a small building for some time now, but haven’t made the first mark. You’ve inspired me to make that mark. Now if I can get over the block of which notebook or sketchbook. Such excuses we hide behind. Good luck with the spec possibilities.

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