Originally built in 1950 for Mr. and Mrs. Pennebeker, the home was designed by a Mid-Century architect Gene Loose, with an accompanying landscape design by Garret Eckbo.
The home refers to the experimental nature of Loose’s formal exploration birthed from an architectural commune founded by himself and his students, all WWII vets, refusing to conform to the mass-produced housing options offered to them following the war.
Clad in Shou Sugi Ban, a traditional Japanese charred wood siding, the building seemingly melds into the surrounding terrain. From the street, the home resembles a tree house, seemingly floating above the carport and the landscape while also subtly standing out. The angular floor plan perfectly integrates into the sloped site with a perched roof resembling a prow, topping this single-story residence.
Extensive glazing and poured terrazzo flooring seamlessly blend the living space with the surrounding landscape, creating a continuous transition between the internal and external areas and extending the efficient indoor environment to all corners of the property.
Inside, Calcutta marble countertops, hand-crafted tile, and antique brass hardware provide moments of discovery, paying homage to Loose’s explorative curiosity, while applied plaster, walnut, and oak millwork provide a timeless and sophisticated spatial experience.
Location: Los Angeles, California
Size: Main House: 925 SF | Patio: 1,650 SF
Design Team: David Thompson (Principal in Charge), Ignacio Bruni, Caleb Schweter
Construction: Collaborative Construction