I ran across Fung + Blatt while I was off foraging for some eye candies. I dare say I hit the jackpot! While their whole portfolio is impressive, I was struck particularly by the Rome Residence in Los Angeles. A few of my favorite features are the slatted staircase and fully tiled bathroom!
About the Rome Residence:
Sited on a gentle swath of land, Rome deploys simple forms to create a dynamic of relationships between interior and exterior spaces. The L- shaped house, together with its carport and connecting retaining walls, form an S around two informal courts. The sequence begins at the arrival court, ascends between a pair of concrete walls, and skirts a private court to reach the main level. At the lower level, bedrooms focus onto a private court that is centered on a Brazilian pepper tree. A studio steps down and opens to a front patio veiled by a California pepper.
The upper level living space stretches from a cantilevered deck with city views to a family/dining area that extends out to a pine-shaded patio, future pool and gentle hill. An open kitchen and a core of cabinetry around the stair tower punctuate this spatial continuum as it turns the turn to the master bedroom wing. Further up the stair; a library over looks the family area and opens to a viewing deck of its own. The three-story stair tower serves as a ‘thermal chimney’ and impart natural light deep into the interior, and along with clerestories at the mono-slope roofs, enables convective cooling throughout the house.
Rome’s relationship to the land, thoughtful assignment and sequence of spaces proves that spaciousness and livability is qualitatively conceived rather than quantitatively measured.
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