Located in Larchmont Village, a residential neighborhood in the Los Angeles, the INOHOUSE is a custom-built home designed for a young, active family. The house is located on a corner lot, which is flanked by a residence and a commercial building to the west.
The site strategy was designed to create a compact home, maximizing the limited building footprint. A series of paired abstract volumes were stacked on three levels over an earth colored base. The white volumes vary in size and are arranged in a loose checker pattern to allow for overhangs at the home’s entrances.
On the ground level two linear volumes are placed along the northern & southern edge of the property. These enclosed spaces contain the foyer, circulation and service areas. The negative space between these elements house the kitchen / dining area and the living room which is perched above the semi submerged garage. The flow and connection of the living areas is reinforced with the use of grey terrazzo floors that run seamlessly throughout the ground level. The open space between the volumes slide visually and allows for connections to the surroundings. The goal was to create privacy for the family, yet provide an open and comfortable living space which opens to the back yard. Full height sliding glass doors pocket away, connecting the kitchen / dining area to the garden, hence creating one contiguous indoor/outdoor area. The openings along the street façade are smaller incisions. These openings act as picture window which allows for views of the city beyond.
Another series of paired volumes rest upon the ground level. These volumes bridge the lower level and contain the bedrooms. A void space between the master suite and the children’s bedrooms opens to the level below and to a large skylight above. These cuts in the house allow for soft diffused light to fill the center of the home.
The INOHOUSE is designed to be passively cooled. The double height space, which has operable skylights, acts as a thermal chimney. Air can move freely through the home. All windows and sliding glass doors have exterior shading devices which help keep the house cool during the hot summer months.
Existing trees were integrated into the new landscape design of the residence. Native drought resistant vegetation was selected to reduce water usage. Rain gardens were installed in the front and side yards to contain storm water on site. Photovoltaic cells are installed on the roof. Other green building components in the house include star appliances, low omitting composite wood doors, recycled content interior door frames & high density insulation.