Mount Washington Studio by FAR frohn&rojas is a studio extension added to a house occupied by an artist. The existing 1930s house is located on a steeply sloping site in the Mount Washington neighborhood of Los Angeles. Taking advantage of the slope, the studio was situated a full level below the ground floor so that its roof surface could double as a spacious deck.
Ph. Brica Wilcox
It offers an outdoor living and dining area protected from the sun by a large Eucalyptus tree overhanging the deck thus offering shade and privacy.
The north-facing studio wall features a large-scale bi-fold garage door. Its translucent corrugated and twin-wall cladding offer indirect natural lighting while abstracting the surrounding landscape silhouette into a fine vertical linear pattern. Opened up, the garage door folds into a canopy orienting the studio to the outside and framing a panoramic view of the surrounding hills.
All surfaces of the deck and the exterior stairs connecting it to the lower level are clad in tile creating a delicate three-dimensional grid. While its rhythmic precision sets the addition apart from the existing house, the color of the tiles match that of the existing façades and synchronizes the two.
Ph. Brica Wilcox
DATE: 2019 / LOCATION: Los Angeles, United States / AREA: m2 (built) / PROGRAM: / STATUS: built / DESIGN: FAR frohn&rojas / TEAM: Marc Frohn, Mario Rojas Toledo, Max Koch, Maria Martinez, Carlos Aguayo, Wendy Gilmartin / CONSTRUCTION: El Castillo Construction / CONSULTANTS: IDG Structural Engineering (Farshid Behshid) (Engineering), Barbara Kennedy Design (Landscape Architect) / PHOTOS: Brica Wilcox