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Ras-A Studio builds Walk-Street House near the beach in California

Walk-Street House by Ras-A Studio

A photographer and his family live in this boxy house clad in cedar that design-build practice Ras-A Studio has designed near the ocean in Los Angeles County.

Ras-A Studio completed Walk-Street House in the city of Hermosa Beach for the professional photographer, his wife and their son, who is a keen surfer.

Comprising a series of stacked volumes clad in slats of western red cedar, which are milled in different ways to offer contrast and texture, it is similar to a home that Blue Truck Studio recently renovated nearby in Manhattan Beach.

When designing Walk-Street House, Ras-A Studio aimed to create the maximum amount of living space and a two-car garage – two important requests of the homeowners – while observing the city’s zoning requirements.

One of the main challenges was the limitation of the site, which is fronted by a walk street that allows residents to walk up to their homes rather than drive.

“The challenge was the home’s tight 30-foot (nine-metre) by 70-foot (21-metre) lot flanked on one end by the pedestrian-only street and on the other with a narrow alley,” said the studio.

“Our clients wanted an open concept on the ground floor that leads to natural grade and outdoor areas, but zoning mandates a large two-car garage that would otherwise force the living spaces of the small footprint to be split between multiple levels,” it added.

Scaling two storeys, the home’s footprint takes up its entire 2,100-square-foot (195-square-metre) site.

To meet the clients’ requests, Ras-A Studio built a garage along the alley side of the home with a mechanical parking lift that fits two cars stacked vertically in the footprint of one. The studio says it’s the first one to meet Hermosa Beach’s zoning requirements.

The parking design frees up space on the ground floor to allow for an open-plan kitchen, dining and living room. A foyer with a black baby grand piano, a den and a bathroom are also located on the main level.

At the front of the home, facing the walk-street on 31st Street, the team created a porch with ipe wood, drought-tolerant plants and screens made from white concrete masonry blocks.

A glass pocket door stretches 27-feet (eight-metres) along the side of the home and accesses a second terrace.

This side yard setback was also a zoning requirement, and Ras-A Studio designed the area to allow the interiors to borrow over six feet (1.8 metres), thus “making the modest-sized footprint live larger than its square footage”.

The second level contains three bedrooms, two bathrooms, an office and two balconies – one of which has views of the Pacific Ocean and stairs that access another patio on the roof.

Interiors feature white walls, cedar ceilings and accent walls, and floors in either white oak or polished concrete. Most of the furniture and fixtures are white, wood or leather. Red bar stools by Hay add a pop of colour.

Several sustainable design details complete Walk-Street House, including a solar water collector on the south part of the roof that provides hot water and supplements a boiler for an in-floor hydronic radiant heating system.

A turf-block driveway next to the garage allows rainwater to percolate into the water table, and operable doors and windows utilise the sea breeze for passive cooling.

Ras-A Studio is based in nearby city Redondo Beach and has also renovated a mid-century home in Los Angeles’ Los Feliz neighbourhood.

Photography is by Joe Fletcher.

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Marc Thorpe designs Case Study 2020 house for Los Angeles

 Case Study 2020 by Marc Thorpe

American designer Marc Thorpe has actually created this Hollywood Hills house for an art collector to make use of the modernist Case Study Houses.

Thorpe has actually launched makings of Case Study 2020, a home he developed to bring components of modernist architecture into the 21st century.

” Understanding that architectural concepts of modernism eventually stopped working to take hold residentially within the American physical and mental landscape, my intent was to redeploy those concepts of modernism within a modern socio-cultural context,” he informed Dezeen.

He made use of principals checked out in the speculative Case Study House task of the 1950s and 1960s. Sponsored by Arts &&Architecture publication, it was meant to supply a method to develop American houses effectively and cheaply for the real estate boom following the 2nd world war.

Prominent modernist designers and designers, such as Richard Neutra , Eero Saarinen and Charles and Ray Eames , were commissioned to create homes. A number were integrated in Los Angeles like the Eames House , which is amongst the most widely known Case Study Houses.

Like its precedents, the 5000-square-foot (465-square-metre) Case Study 2020 is developed with easy products consisting of concrete, glass, steel and wood.

It has a square concrete roofing system pierced with openings for trees to grow, or for skylights. Slim pilots, a popular aspect of modernist architecture, support the roofing, with glazing below somewhat held up from the columns providing area to a series of outside sidewalks.

These courses divide the layout of the interiors into 3 volumes committed to living, sleeping and a gallery to display the customer’s art collection.

” Hosting the set volumes is the blood circulation or passages unifying the areas,” Thorpe included. “The passages shift from outside outdoor patio to interior corridor effortlessly, blurring the limits of your house.”

Renderings reveal board-marked concrete walls with warm touches of wood and a very little quantity of furnishings.

Outdoor locations extend beyond the area underneath the roofing system to 2 decks and an L-shaped pool that covers a corner of your home.

In addition to visually referencing modernist homes, Thorpe likewise wished to make use of the concepts of ecological duty and infrastructural self-reliance –– which he specifies as being self-reliant.

” The concept is that all structures must have the ability to sustain themselves while likewise offering others,” he stated. “It’s a systemic method to incorporating ourselves and the important things we make into the natural working order of the world.”

Thorpe envisions your house utilizing a series of sustainable and off-grid systems, like solar energy, water harvesting and composting to work “in ideal balance with its environment”.

Construction on Case Study 2020 is slated to start later on this year. The designer, who established his eponymous studio in New York City in 2010, has actually likewise developed a black off-the-grid cabin in Upstate New York.

His other tasks are a real estate model for Senegal and a conceptual setup near Marfa, Texas and the border of Mexico that looks like a big spaceship landing in the world.

Renderings are by Truetopia.

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Outdoor Photography is a Great COVID-19 Pastime

If you are looking for something fun and challenging to do during the COVID-19 sheltering orders, try your hand at some outdoor photography. Every yard, neighborhood, or residential area has plenty of subjects to model for your camera. Songbirds, small animals like rabbits and squirrels, and even bigger game such as white-tailed deer can be caught on digital images throughout the country.

It doesn’t necessarily take professional camera equipment to catch images of wildlife. Close-ups can be captured around the house with a little time and patience. All you need is a decent digital 35mm camera ideally with some telephoto capabilities. This would be a great way to get started.

Scan your yard by spying out windows to see where birds and animals seem to gather. A great way to congregate birds is to set up a feeder or a couple of them in different places. Proximity to trees, shrubs, or such will give birds an extra sense of safety. It’s the same with small game if there are high grass areas, heavy shrubbery or bushes to hide in. Watch these areas for animal activity.

If you have a back porch, patio, or outdoor yard sitting area, post yourself a good seat for an observation post. Have a set of good binoculars to help you spot lofty birds or animals lurking around the yard. You have to remain quiet and develop a strong sense of patience to collect some good photo shots.

Don’t be disappointed if all of your shots do not turn out every time. Often birds move so fast or flutter around that wing motion or normal movement causes blurring. If your camera has an automatic focus setting, try that to see the quality of shots you get. Once you advance in your skills, you can try manual settings. If you are a total novice to photography get a basic book on the subject or look up related topics on the net. Soon you’ll be capturing some neat shots of all your subjects.

When reviewing your photo results, look at them with a critical eye. If you like the photo, forget the critics. This is a fun hobby for yourself or to share photos with family and friends. Look at the photo backgrounds. Did you catch a neighbor photo-bombing you or some other clutter in the background that is out of place? Next time, be aware of what’s beyond your subject.

These are the skills that you can practice over time. Remember, outdoor photography is meant to be fun during otherwise trying times.

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