Located just south of the Hollywood Hills, these five unit homes examine the small lot subdivision typology by taking advantage of its efficient footprint while creating unique homes filled with light and air. Starting from the maximum allowable envelope, the single mass is divided by tilting the exterior walls away from the lot lines at different angles to define individual homes and allow for sunlight and natural ventilation. From their initial wedge-like shapes, the volumes are expanded to insert more usable space and create a unique shape for each unit. This restores a sense of the individuality of single-family homes, missing from many small lot developments.
The soft curving forms are achieved through straight joists and panelized systems, a simple framing strategy. These wooden beams are exposed internally so the overall mass is legible from inside the home. The wood and masonry base for the two-car garage provides a material contrast for the light upper units composed of aluminum slats and polycarbonate. These material choices filter natural light into the living areas but maintain privacy, essential when building close to other properties. Replacing the traditional backyard, the design of each house incorporates a roof deck to create access to more outdoor space.