Thursday, September 8, 2011

Lawson-Westen House / By Eric Owen Moss Architects

Brentwood, Los Angeles, CA, United States
Eric Owen Moss Architects
Post By:Kitticoon Poopong
Photo © Courtesy of Tom Bonner & Eric Owen Moss Architects--Street elevation
The Lawson-Westen house is located on an 80’ x 180’ suburban site on the west side of Los Angeles. The house is positioned on the north side of the lot, leaving the south side and west end as an “L” shaped garden.

Photo © Courtesy of Tom Bonner & Eric Owen Moss Architects--Corner from street
The clients had a very particular building program, a thoughtful reflection of how they live their lives day to day, and how the housing of their substantial art collection would inter-relate with the resolving of their practical concerns.
Photo © Courtesy of Tom Bonner & Eric Owen Moss Architects--Back yard
The kitchen, an entertainment center and gathering space, is the center of the home’s social agenda for both family and friends. The kitchen is a three level, cylindrical volume, sometimes closed, sometimes open, that contains the first floor dining and cooking areas, with living spaces of various kinds attached to the open volume on floors one, two, and three.
Photo © Courtesy of Tom Bonner & Eric Owen Moss Architects--Exterior from gate
A second floor walkway and bridge connects the adults’ sleeping area, adjacent to the cylinder on the west, with the children’s sleeping area on the east end of the project. The bridge passes above/through the triple height living room, then on through the second level of the cylinder to the adults’ bedroom and bath.
Photo © Courtesy of Tom Bonner & Eric Owen Moss Architects--Conical roof
Within the cylinder, the bridge meets a stair that rises, following the profile of the cylinder wall, hanging out over kitchen and living room areas, to a third floor study at the top of the cylinder. Up another stair that follows the curve is a small outdoor deck.
Photo © Courtesy of Tom Bonner & Eric Owen Moss Architects--Living area
Photo © Courtesy of Tom Bonner & Eric Owen Moss Architects--View from bridge
The front wall of the building, facing the street, is poured-in-place-concrete. The remainder of the exterior building walls are cement plaster, applied with a wet trowel, and, as a consequence, extremely smooth.
Photo © Courtesy of Tom Bonner & Eric Owen Moss Architects--View down to kitchen from top of cylinder
Photo © Courtesy of Tom Bonner & Eric Owen Moss Architects--Interior bridge
The building investigates window types, and represents those types as an assembly of windows –- a single large window made of a number of pieces -- on the south elevation next to the garden. That window, in concept, represents, in the aggregate, all the window types that are found singly, elsewhere on the exterior walls of the structure.
Photo © Courtesy of Tom Bonner & Eric Owen Moss Architects--Master bedroom
Geometrically the center of the cylinder’s conical roof shape is not synonymous with the center of the cylinder. That explains why the intersection between cone roof and cylinder is a line that rises and falls, rather than the horizontal line that would separate the two if their centers were the same. The cone’s apex is flattened, creating the small ocean view deck on the fourth floor.
Photo © Courtesy of Tom Bonner & Eric Owen Moss Architects--Exterior detail of corner window
Photo © Courtesy of Tom Bonner & Eric Owen Moss Architects--Spiral stairwell leading to deck
The roof of the cylinder is then theoretically inscribed with a vertical slice drawn across the cone from north to south, which describes a parabolic curve or arc. Using the theoretical curve as a template, the arc is extended from the slice in the cone, east to the end of the building on the street, describing the vaulted roof that encloses the remainder of the house. Only a portion of the theoretical vault is literally constructed. That literal instance of the completed vault occurs at the single, roof supporting glu-lam and steel rib, fully extended over the entry door. That rib –- one of a sequence that support the vault -- marks the full extension of the inscribed east-west parabolic line in the cone roof.
Description from the Architects:
floor plans + section--drawing © Courtesy of Eric Owen Moss Architects

Video: An iconic contemporary home by Eric Owen Moss, and the only residence ever built from the ground up by this internationally acclaimed architect. As head of his own practice since 1973 and as director of SCI-Arc—the cutting-edge architecture school in downtown L.A.—Moss has prodded conventional boundaries to sculpt a powerful, ever-evolving approach to architecture.
The Lawson-Westen house is a geometric tour de force of steel, wood and concrete, struts and beams, cones and spheres, circles and voids. It manipulates space and light. It offers room to breathe. With soaring living spaces, walls for art and an ocean-view aerie, it is a singular house in a singular neighborhood.

Project Data
Project name: Lawson-Westen House
Location: 167 S. Westgate Avenue, Brentwood, Los Angeles, CA, United States
Program: Single family house
  • California Council AIA Design Honor Award, April, 1995
  • National AIA Interior Design Award of Excellence, May, 1994
  • Los Angeles Business Council Beautification Award, April, 1994
  • AIA/Los Angeles Design Award, October, 1993.
  • Lawson/Westen House Project Monograph, (ADT) series, July, 1995
  • Ten Arquitectos (Mexico), fall, 1994
  • Connaissance des Arts, (France), October-November, 1994
  • L'Architecture D'Aujourd'hui (France), April 15, 1994
  • a + u, September 1993.
  • Baumeister, September 1993
  • GA Houses 38, July 1993
  • Progressive Architecture, May 1993
The people
Architects: Eric Owen Moss Architects
Photographs: Courtesy of Tom Bonner & Eric Owen Moss Architects

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