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Fold Up House in Los Angeles by Dan Brunn Architecture
February 11th, 2016 by Sanjay Gangal
Article source: Taylor & Company
For this suburban home, Dan Brunn, AIA, principal of Dan Brunn Architecture, injected the feeling of openness and of continuum, which was of utmost importance to the clients. As a means to negate the claustrophobic spaces of their primary residence, the architect developed a language to express the free flowing nature of the design.
The home is constructed out of folded concrete planes, which in harmony create the illusion of vast open space while still maintaining an intimate relationship to the exterior gardens. This is achieved through descriptive folding and specific openings into the gardens.
Following organic shapes, such as a budding flower, the spaces grow from one another, with open windows on each end of the tube-like extrusions. Within each of the “petals” the materials are homogenous: white epoxy flooring and white concrete walls and ceilings. A blurring between what is a wall or what is a floor occurs throughout the home. I n the living room, the floor bends upward to form the lounge area, with its built-in cushions for relaxing, then the floor continues to flex upward to form the walls and the ceiling that create the space. Similarly, this folding occurs in the entry way and the kitchen.
Organizationally, the house is separated into two levels, with the master bedroom at the second floor, overlooking the pool area. A folded-plane tube stairwell leads to the master bedroom. Above the stairwell, a light well is formed by the folding of the stairwell tunnel.
Los Angeles-based Dan Brunn Architecture, founded in 2005 by Dan Brunn, develops commercial and residential projects worldwide. Winner of a 2012 Interior Design “Best of the Year” Project Award and a 2008 Red Dot Design Award, Brunn utilizes provocative spatial choreography to harmonize light with volume. Brunn’s portfolio includes furniture design. Addressing the needs of living room, bedroom and bath, the firm’s highly functional pieces provide modern, sophisticated, and streamlined solutions.
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