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Stack House in Los Angeles

Private Building Project in California, USA – design by FreelandBuck

Oct 23, 2018

Stack House – New L.A. Residence

Design: FreelandBuck

Location: LA, CA, USA

Stack House

Stack House is a newly built 2,207-square-foot residence designed and developed by award-winning LA and NY-based architecture office FreelandBuck.

Stack House in Los Angeles

Comprised of four stories notched into a sloping hillside, this vertical house uses the subtle rotation of each room to create seamless indoor-outdoor spaces at every floor, each with unique and unobstructed views to the San Gabriel mountains.

Stack House in Los Angeles

Working with difficult site constraints is central to the design of this house; unlike conventional hillside homes that appear to have been placed atop the slope, this house is embedded into it, creating a much closer relationship to the landscape.

Stack House in Los Angeles

Stack House in Los Angeles

The primary living spaces at the third level (dining, kitchen, living, den) are organized into a simple grid of four rooms. The walls of each room curve at the center in a series of tangent arcs that blend the individual spaces while carefully opening views through the house.

Stack House in Los Angeles

Stack House in Los Angeles

A central stair connects the living spaces to a rear dining patio and yard that overlook the house and mountains beyond. The upper fourth level features three bedrooms, with the master and en suite bathroom organized across the front of the house. A private two-car garage or workspace makes up the ground floor.

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An accessory dwelling unit (ADU) is incorporated into the stack at the second level between the garage and the upper levels. ADU’s are typically built adjacent to existing houses; in this case the ADU is uniquely integrated into the massing of the house.

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The exterior cladding of the house is custom-made, a play on board-and-batten siding organized into patterns that suggest varied depth and texture. Painted in subtle gradiations from white to gray, the striped shadows of the board-and-battens shift throughout the day. Interior features include French oak flooring in a natural finish and marble countertops. The folding effect of the large accordion doors extend the interior spaces to the outside, allowing for the iconic views unique to Los Angeles hillside living.

Stack House in Los Angeles

Stack House was completed in collaboration with developer Urbanite Homes.

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Stack House, LA – Building Information

Design Highlights:
• 2,207-square-foot house situated four-levels; features 4 beds and 4 baths
• A hillside accessory dwelling unit with a separate entry uniquely embedded into the second level of the house
• Exterior facade made of custom-cut board-and-batten siding, painted in varying shades of white and gray
• Interior details include: French oak flooring in a natural finish, marble countertops, and custom cabinetry, Waterworks plumbing fixtures, and Bosch and Viking appliances
• Balconies and indoor-outdoor spaces seamlessly incorporated into every floor, with unique and unobstructed views of the San Gabriel mountains
• Sustainable and smart home features, including a sprinkler system, Nest control, and tankless water heaters thoughtfully integrated into the design for responsible and efficient use

Lead Designers: David Freeland and Brennan Buck
Project Team: Belinda Lee, Gary Dominguez

Stack House in Los Angeles
About FreelandBuck
FreelandBuck is a Los Angeles and New York City-based architectural office led by David Freeland and Brennan Buck. Established in 2009, the office makes buildings, spaces, and objects that open multiple modes of engagement through layers of meaning, illusion and visual effect.

Drawing, as both design method and autonomous form of representation, is central to the firm’s work, producing visual richness, intricate spatial sequences, and cultural reference. With each project, FreelandBuck aims to form distinct spaces with an inherent connection to the activity around them that contribute to a more stimulating, aesthetically engaging, and challenging world.

FreelandBuck was named a finalist for the 2018 MoMA PS1 Young Architect’s Program, a member of Architectural Record’s 2017 Design Vanguard, and a winner of the 2017 AIA LA Next LA Award for their project, Second House. Other recent projects include Parallax Gap, an installation for the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Los Angeles headquarters of Hungry Man Productions, among other residential, commercial, and cultural commissions. David Freeland teaches at SCI-Arc and Brennan Buck at the Yale School of Architecture.

Stack House in Los Angeles

Stack House in Los Angeles

Photos: Eric Staudenmaier Photography

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Location: Los Angeles, Southern California, United States of America

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