25th Street Residence by Shimizu and Coggeshall Architects
By admin • Oct 23, 2011
Los Angeles-based studio Shimizu and Coggeshall Architects has remodeled and extended the 25th Street Residence, a 1920’s house that was in need of improvements and redesign.
Completed in 2010, the now 2,785 square foot contemporary residence is located in Santa Monica, an upscale beachfront city in western Los Angeles County, California.
25th Street Residence by Shimizu and Coggeshall Architects:
“The project hinges on five main ideas: the first was to insert a 21st century addition into a 1920’s structure in a way that would contrast and complement. Secondly, we had a strategy of reconfiguring small unused spaces, expanding space to handle a multiplicity of programs.
Then we set up connections and scenarios with the exterior, where every space has a unique relationship to the outside, sometimes framing a view, sometimes blurring the boundary between inside and out. The sustainable issues for this project were a mixture of passive and contemporary technologies such as hydronic radiators that are fed by solar pre-heated water, rainwater harvesting, edible landscapes, cool roof, LED floods, phase changing drywall, and photovoltaics.
Simultaneously there was a material agenda that not only contrasted new from old but also lined existing spaces in order to define separate programs. Materials were re-used on site: beams became benches + counters became fountains. Salvaged walnut slabs became a counter and framing harvested from a demolished factory in Vernon became the living room floor.
The result is a high-performing home that has been completely transformed while respecting the layered history of the house.”
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