LOS ANGELES, CA
This slender second story addition to a remodeled bungalow is rotated 10 degrees away from the first level creating an elevated roof terrace and new underpass in the existing garden.
STATUS: COMPLETED 2005
Mohamed Sharif with
Consultant: Neil Smithhammer (Structural)
Photography: Timothy Sakamoto
The roof terrace level is almost perpendicular to the lower garden level. This disposition minimizes the massing of the addition on the site and frames a new relationship between house and garden.
The roof terrace level forms an underpass below, which links the house and the garden and maintains the original flow of the landscape. Above, a new outside room is formed.
The connecting stair volume is deliberately subsumed into the larger body, behind a uniform surface, reading as lower-becoming-upper. The stair winds at the top to amplify the engagement between landing and roof terrace.