Wonderland Park Residence
Los Angeles, California
Nestled in the hills of Laurel Canyon in Los Angeles, CA – an area that is a special enclave of mid-century residences that include neighbors such as Case Study #21 by Pierre Koenig built in 1959 – the design of the Wonderland Park Residence has been primarily driven by the motivation to extend the precedent established by the midcentury sensibilities in the area.
The project required a scheme that allowed the experience for the homeowners to feel as though they live among the trees. Cladded in a red with the rising master bedroom, the Wonderland Park Residence evokes the notion of a tree house.
The open floor plan and floor-to-ceiling aluminum sliding doors, acting like moving windows, grant the entire first floor of the residence to extend the living space from the front yard all the way through the house to the pool. The transparency continues upstairs, achieved through frameless, glass-cornered windows. The second floor allows for vistas into the forested surroundings and native vegetation of this Los Angeles canyon. The formal response of the roof form is as if the structure is growing out of the landscape, sitting atop the glass structure below. Its separation from the house gives the floor plan below a sense of freedom.
Location: Los Angeles, California
Completion: July 2016
Area: 4,085 sf
Design Team: Assembledge+| David Thompson (Principal in Charge), Scott Walter & Gregory Marin
Contractor: Above Board Construction.
Structural Engineering: CM Peck & Assoc.
Photography: Michael Weschler