The Wrinkle
       
     
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West LA small lot subdivision
       
     
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West LA small lot subdivision
       
     
West LA small lot subdivision
       
     
 The 3-family cube  hosts  three 800 sf  units , one per floor.  Constructed from eight precast concrete parts, the prefab system can frame a building  and be installed in one day.
       
     
 The 3-family cube hosts three 800 sf units , one per floor. Constructed from eight precast concrete parts, the prefab system can frame a building and be installed in one day.
       
     
 The 3-family cube hosts three 800 sf units , one per floor. Constructed from eight precast concrete parts, the prefab system can frame a building and be installed in one day.
       
     
The Wrinkle
       
     
The Wrinkle

Fifty percent of Los Angeles is zoned for single-family housing and the city population is projected to grow 30 percent by 2050. The Los Angeles suburban planning model is an unsustainable remnant of American mid-century automobile-centric planning, and over the last decade has been slowly changing. Our small contribution to making the city slightly more urban is to interpret the row house through the lens of LA.

Embedded in a monotonous moment of an adolescent narcissistic city, ubiquitous wood framed beige stucco apartments surround subsidized low-income housing. A concrete-lined ‘river’ and eight-lane freeway interrupt palm tree-lined single-family suburban streets. In this otherwise ordinary speck of LA, our uncommon urban housing design invests in an average stretch of a pseudo suburban sidewalk leveraging pride of fee-simple equity to induce gardening, encouraging pedestrian activity by positioning numerous front doors adjacent the right-of-way, and introduces a human scale to a wide asphalt boulevard. In any other dense city, this building type is obvious.

The design subdivides a 516 square-meter parcel into five individually owned properties for "small-lot" row home construction. The 2005 ‘Small Lot Ordinance’ of Los Angeles allows it's few multifamily lots a legal subdivision procedure to be cut into 4.8-meter slices, yielding homes absent of its notorious open side-yard requirement, a formerly unthinkable architectural solution for the capital of the single-family home and automobile. Atelier Eyster’s newly built abodes vary in size from 140 to 170 square meters compressed into three levels rising fourteen meters. That is ‘small and tall’ in the context of sprawling horizontal LA.

Cornered at the intersection of a speedy thoroughfare inhospitable to pedestrians, the design response sought to soften the rough car dominant neighborhood and connect the occupants to the street by balancing the openness of floor to ceiling glass with privacy. Multistory arrowslit glazed openings coupled with deep recessed walk-up entrances, negotiate relentless south-facing California sun with security and seclusion. Imperfect and non-repeating, the faceted modulation of the typical Los Angeles stucco facade encourages the urban story to seep through fractures of its five sections and present identity with the subtle difference of color-coded details and a coordinated landscape. Los Angeles now has its own iconic and contextual take on the familiar urban housing type.


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West LA small lot subdivision
       
     
West LA small lot subdivision

Photography by Brian Thomas Jones

West LA small lot subdivision
       
     
West LA small lot subdivision

Photography by Brian Thomas Jones 

West LA small lot subdivision
       
     
West LA small lot subdivision

Photography by Brian Thomas Jones

West LA small lot subdivision
       
     
West LA small lot subdivision

Photography by Brian Thomas Jones

 The 3-family cube  hosts  three 800 sf  units , one per floor.  Constructed from eight precast concrete parts, the prefab system can frame a building  and be installed in one day.
       
     

The 3-family cube hosts three 800 sf units , one per floor. Constructed from eight precast concrete parts, the prefab system can frame a building and be installed in one day.

 The 3-family cube hosts three 800 sf units , one per floor. Constructed from eight precast concrete parts, the prefab system can frame a building and be installed in one day.
       
     

The 3-family cube hosts three 800 sf units , one per floor. Constructed from eight precast concrete parts, the prefab system can frame a building and be installed in one day.

 The 3-family cube hosts three 800 sf units , one per floor. Constructed from eight precast concrete parts, the prefab system can frame a building and be installed in one day.
       
     

The 3-family cube hosts three 800 sf units , one per floor. Constructed from eight precast concrete parts, the prefab system can frame a building and be installed in one day.