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****   Honor Award for Architecture   ****
Pittman Dowell Residence
(# 1081)
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North of Los Angeles at the edge of Angeles National Forest, the residence is sited on 6 acres originally planned as a Richard Neutra designed hillside development. Although three pads were cleared, only one home was built. The current owners, who own the original Neutra home, have developed a desert garden on one of the clearings. The new home sits on the last of the three clearings. Five decades after the original house was constructed, the site’s visual and physical context has changed dramatically. Similarly, the contemporary needs of the artist residents required a new relationship between building and landscape. Inspired by geometric arrangements of interlocking polygons, the home is a heptagonal figure whose purity is confounded by a series of intersecting slices. Bounded by an introverted exterior, living spaces unfold in a moiré of shifting perspectival frames. Movement and visual relationships expand and contract to respond to the centrifugal nature of the site and context.
Suburban Context
Driveway Approach
Roof Facade
Main Entry
Living Room / Atrium
Library / Atrium
Bath / Bed / Library
Bath / Bath Detail
Site Plan
Floor Plan
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