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Tattuplex // Marbletecture

2385, Loma Vista Place, Los Angeles, CA, United States

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Tattuplex: Pre-Fab Beyond The Box.
When Tim Tattu, a Zen Buddhist monk and hospice nurse at Cedars Sinai in Los Angeles, approached me to design a house for him, he had two very specific needs: the first was for the house to be as sustainable as possible; the second was for it to be sexy – because even a monk/male nurse wants to have fun from time to time.

© Marbletecture

© Marbletecture

© Marbletecture

© Marbletecture

Bored with a design for a generic box of a house that came with the purchase of the lot, Tim gave me a simple yet evocative sketch depicting his intent, which began an ongoing interaction that shaped his home.
It occurred to me that the process was akin to fermentation.

© Taiyo Watanabe

© Taiyo Watanabe

© Taiyo Watanabe

© Taiyo Watanabe

The primary fermentation was the interaction between the architect and the client.
We met several times a month, working through the scheme, moving from boxes to circles, and finally to hexagons, fine-tuning with each iteration to achieve greater livability.
Once the design was filtered through the permit process, the secondary fermentation began.

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© Marbletecture

© Taiyo Watanabe

© Taiyo Watanabe

Over the course of a year, the interaction between the client and the contractor, which was fundamentally about costs and logistics, translated the drawings – the by-product of the primary fermentation – into the Tattuplex.
The end result of this collaboration combines exactly what Tim was hoping for the project – for sustainability, the use of prefab steel cut directly from Revit files reduced construction waste; the insulated panels, deep overhangs, and operable windows reduced energy consumption; and the herb and vegetable garden – fed both by compost and soon-to-be installed rain cisterns, provides Tim with home-grown meals.

© Taiyo Watanabe

© Taiyo Watanabe

© Taiyo Watanabe

© Taiyo Watanabe

As for sexy, Tim has listed both units on AirBnB; he lives in whichever one is not rented, giving him not only the lack of attachment his Zen practice demands, but – with a steady stream of renters from Europe, Asia, and beyond – exactly the social life he was seeking.

© Taiyo Watanabe

© Taiyo Watanabe

© Marbletecture

© Marbletecture

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© Taiyo Watanabe

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