In Mount Washington, A New Twist On The Classic White Box, $1.4M


Stack House, a surprising and subtle new project by the bi-coastal architectural firm FreelandBuck for the developer Urbanite Homes comes on the market this month– subtle in the sense that while It’s clearly in the LA tradition of minimalist white boxes, it comes (literally) with a twist. Mount Washington has long been a crucible for new design, and in keeping with rising prices in Los Angeles, lately become a magnet for renovations, new construction, and gentrification.

A series of stacked boxes around a core of tangent arcs, the rooms are shifted at angles, giving the entire structure a sense of movement and dimension inside and out. Instead of static views in one direction, each room gets a view of it’s own.

Exterior surfaces are the classic board-and-batten– more commonly used in traditional ranch style houses– but here deployed both horizontally and vertically and in a much tighter format than usually seen. Creating an overall surface pattern, it brings to mind stacked shipping containers, corrougated metal structures, and a whiff of the Art Deco/Streamline Moderne Style that dominated Los Angeles architecture for decades.

What We Love: This is the most sophisticated look back at the architecture of pre-WWII we’ve seen in ages, coming through in the overall form, but also in thoughtful details like the doors and door hardware. Plus the happy fact that one could live here with almost no furniture except the basics.

More: Go to FreelandBuck for additional details, images and floor plans this exceptional property. Represented by René Wiebensohn at Pacific Union International, it comes on the market September 10, priced at $1,399,000.