Form & Function: Passion ProjectAuthor:Mary Jo Bowling
Let’s be clear: This building is called a guest-house, but it’s so much more. The secondary building that architect Jim Schmidt of Schmidt Architecture created for a Los Angeles couple is all about collecting, entertaining and hobbies—and it all started with fast cars.
The site of the new structure used to hold a small guesthouse and a two-car garage, but for this wheels-loving couple, it wasn’t enough. “The husband collects Ferraris and needed more parking space,” explains Schmidt. “They decided they wanted to create a new guest-house and bigger garage and they wanted something different architecturally from the main house.”
Schmidt created a modern building with a dual nature. Half of the structure (the part covered in cementitious white panels) serves as a guesthouse, a pool house, a bar and a gym—and there’s a garden on the roof. “Guests do stay here, but it’s really more like a great room for them,” Schmidt says.
The other half of the building, which sits largely below grade, is a garage accessed from a narrow back alley. The architect made way for seven cars to be parked comfortably by incorporating a turntable at the entrance. “This gives them space to expand their car interests,” Schmidt says.
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