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Red Box renovation in Los Angeles by Jerry Levine
February 3rd, 2011 by Sanjay Gangal
Jeremy Levine architected a new two-story addition of 700 sq.ft. to a existing 1,100 sq.ft. home. The project utilizes passive and active green technology to integrate the house with its environment.
The second story red box sits on top of a steel frame and acts like an observatory with sweeping views across the city. The red box looks directly at the famous Griffith Observatory which sits on a tall hill on the other side of the city. The red box of the second story is balanced on a steel frame which cantilevers over the hill preserving the garden and minimizing the foundation. The steel frame also supports the trellis to carry the mobile sun screens that shade the first floor decks.
1. Passive Cooling temperature control is maintained by utilizing mobile shade screens, and interior courtyard which function as a thermal chimney, deep set opening on the second floor which shade the glazing, ventilation breezeways carved through the house, and exterior living spaces which use decks to extend the living space into the outdoors. The house encourages outdoor living to allow the owners to take advantage of Southern California’s mild climate.
2. Mobile Sun Screens
3.Interior pocket courtyard
4. Passive Daylighting The wood ceiling floats over the walls creating interior clerestory windows that allow the rooms to borrow light from each other as the sun passes over the house. This effect, known as “daylighting’ dramatically lowers the need for artificial light and consequently energy consumption.
5. Sustainably harvested Wood: Mageris hard wood is used for all the and railings on first and second level
6. Recycled Lumber: The interior doors are hand crafted from thick strips of recycled lumber from the old ceiling.
7. Low v.o.c. paint and stain.
8. Native and Drought tolerant landscaping. The house is surrounded by a mix of Mexican bamboo that creates a walls of privacy and shade, and native, drought tolerant plants with gravel paths with river rock. A small fountain fed by captured rain water cools the patio.
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