Cherokee Residence

Architecture, Interior Design —

A hybrid prefab and site-built project, this house is built on a steeply sloping site. We collaborated with LivingHomes as Project Design Coordinator and Interior Architect to create the home. Based on a design by Ray Kappe FAIA for LivingHomes, the midcentury-modern-inspired design blurs the boundary between exterior and interior spaces with a courtyard and decks while maintaining a sense of privacy behind high exterior wood cladded walls and clerestory windows. 

The design utilizes sustainable strategies for passive cooling, solar energy use, and conserving water, preserved native trees and uses environmentally preferable products. The use of overhangs emphasizes the horizontality of the plan while doubling as passive cooling. Exposed steel frames, cedar, and glass keep the exterior simple and durable. The interior uses natural fibers, highly efficient energy and water fixtures, no VOC finishes, and crade-to-cradle certified materials. A photovoltaic array is designed for the entire roof of the first floor intended to offset 50% of the home’s power needs. 

The interior design complements the midcentury exterior, creating a flow of indoor space to outdoor space uniting both in color, texture, and materials. Soft textures, classic rugs, and innovative materials such as cast paper walls create a natural feel inside that connects to the views into the canyons.

 

Awards

· 2018 Architizer A+ Jury and Popular Choice Winner
· 2018 Global Architecture & Design Awards
· 2018 Los Angeles Architecture Award of Excellence

“The muted, almost Nordic palette directs the focus outward. Seen through the ground floor’s expansive glass walls, or studied from the master bedroom’s balcony, the view down the canyon is a constant presence.” Dwell

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