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Firms Unveil 'Bridge House' in CA

Friday, January 24, 2020

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A new home was recently unveiled in Los Angeles that spans a few different types of design.

Bridge House, located in Hancock Park, is a 4,500-square-foot home that literally bridges over a stream.

MODAA Construction and Dan Brunn Architecture partnered up (along with Dwell) to make the Bridge House come to reality.

When principal Dan Brunn purchased the property, his initial plan had been to renovate the existing home, according to the firm’s website. The idea for Bridge House came when he visited the Breakers in Newport, Rhode Island.

“I fell in love with the motor court and entry,” says Brunn. “Back at the site, I started with a motor court, and the bridge evolved because of the structure. I could go right over the river instead of biasing the whole house on one side.”

The river divides the house into public and private spaces.

“Instead of a first floor and second floor, you think of it in terms of length,” Brunn said.

The Design

Brunn’s team incorporated a steel system from BONE Structure, which combines classic post-and-beam structure with energy-efficient solutions.

Dan Brunn Architecture

Bridge House, located in Hancock Park, is a 4,500-square-foot home that literally bridges over a stream.

The home also has a specific window system to let as much of the surrounding nature in as possible, including Series 600 Multi-Slide Windows and a custom Series 980 Pivot Door from Western Window Systems. Each door is 9 feet tall and 10 feet wide. Those features are made of thermally broken aluminum and dual-pane low-E glass to help accommodate California’s building codes.

Cladding for the home led the firm to pair with Real Cedar. The crew used Western Red Cedar for the exterior in a vertically stacked pattern; 14-foot cedar boards span the home’s height, eliminating the need for vertical joints. Real Cedar was also responsible for a custom finish for the boards; a water-based penetrative stain.

The bleached tone with eventually fade to gray, furthering the home’s blend into nature.

"People actually can’t tell what it is," said Brunn. "Sometimes they think it’s a monolithic material. They get surprised when they walk closer, then touch it. … It’s a reflection of its environment."


Tagged categories: Bridges; Color + Design; Design; NA; North America; Residential Construction

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