For Hotel No. 1, we re-conceptualized the project to create connectivity and coherency between various masses and forms of a pre-existing design. The original design is composed of an existing 1908 unreinforced masonry building and three new structures - a floating glass cube, a guest room tower and a rooftop penthouse. To create connectivity, we re-designed the bridges leading to the glass cube, added a naturally weathered steel facade tying into the existing masonry building, and a rooftop penthouse with a fluid form that captures the marble-clad elevator cores flanking the hotel tower. The newly designed elements focus on tying the overall building together while maintaining the heritage of the existing brick structure.
location los angeles california type 44 room boutique hotel size 60,000 sq ft client BIMHF budget 30 million dollars project team shannon han, hunter knight, david rindlaub, christopher day, daniel elenes structural engineer miyamoto mep engineer glumac fire and life safety rja interior design commune lighting design sean o'conner lighting image credit mode machine
housing research no. 1
Affordable Housing Research No. 1 is about re-imagining the typology of the single family house as it relates to the context of LA's housing costs. The typology tackles affordability through a communal concept. The housing is composed of single units that can build and multiply over time across single or multiple lots. The units take advantage of courtyards that mix interior and exterior spaces offering privacy and separation within compact spaces.
location los angeles california type affordable housing size 2500 sf project team shannon han, hunter knight, matthew rivera
house no. 2
House No. 2 is a simple two-story structure composed of interlocking volumes that allows light and space to flow between the garden level and upper level. The semi-open floor plan includes an open living room and kitchen on the garden level with semi-private guest and master bedroom spaces on the upper level. Each exterior opening at the entry, kitchen and master bedroom are fitted with custom steel and glass door and window systems fabricated by the owner. The large opening at the kitchen can be protected from the eastern sunlight by a patterned sliding scrim that moves independently of the door. At the second level there is a flexible loft space for an office or guest room. The loft space is set back from the perimeter walls allowing for a double-height connection to the kitchen below. This setback also allows light from the skylights to filter down to the garden level. Adjacent to the loft is a master bedroom with large windows opening up views to the east.
location los angeles california type single family home size 1,000 sq ft client reggie vinokur + matthew deters budget 180,000 project team shannon han, hunter knight, christopher day structural engineer kwesi asamoah mep engineer jeffery landreth general contractor reserved group metal fabrication deterfabrik
installation no. 1
Installation No. 1 is a conceptual research project that was part of a group show in downtown Los Angeles entitled One Night Stand. We used this as an opportunity to explore recasting art through the lens of architecture. Specifically the project recasts two works. Magritte's painting L'Assassin Menace, using conflation of perspectives and amplification of figures, and the material effects of Gerhard Richter's 8 Grey. We combined the two works and developed the project around the threshold of the motel room while exploring ideas of frame, amplification of figure, and boundary diffusion.
retail no. 2
Drawing inspiration from the iconic jar, the design of Retail No. 2 for Nutella seeks to create a place that is at once familiar, functional and ergonomic. Both the freestanding kiosk and the infill retail concepts use the same shape language as the jar resulting in an object and interior space that subtly reflects the brand. The geometry of the interior spaces allows for a fluid organization of different functions including a cafe/bar, lounge, retail and education center.
location USA type concept size 150-4000 sq ft client nutella budget undisclosable project team shannon han, hunter knight
studio no. 1
Set in an existing warehouse space, Studio No. 1 for Chris Cunningham Studios is designed with a focus on creating “soft” boundaries between various adjacent functions. The ceiling forms, floor surfaces, wall liner and curtain element define distinct spaces while simultaneously providing opportunities for the spaces to open up and interact with each other. The studio floor and ceiling elements consist of acoustical modular units tied together with tracks that can carry lighting, rigging and movable screens. Adjacent to and, at times, overlapping with the video production space is a fluid and continuous work surface that swells and contracts to meet the various needs of the production staff.
location los angeles california type digital production studio size 8,000 sq ft client BIMHF budget 400,000 project team shannon han, hunter knight image credit
fitness studio no. 1
Fitness Studio No. 1 draws from the innovative fitness method and technology of Sebastien Lagree. Designed as an atypical fitness studio the space conceptually performs as a stage for the dynamic fitness equipment that constantly re-positions and calibrates itself based on the user’s aptitude and motivation. The machine’s dynamism is further amplified by the visual effect of the lighting pattern and surface reflections.
location west hollywood california type fitness studio size 2200 sf client lagree fitness budget 250,000 project team shannon han, hunter knight
office no. 1
Office No. 1 is a study of skewing the grid of a typical office to create a workplace that is suited for the collaborative practices of working today. By simply skewing the grid, both the work surfaces and the spaces around them become opportunities for individual and team interactions to overlap and coexist in the larger workplace. These opportunities also allow for the arrangement of teams to expand or contract without the need to rearrange the entire office layout. Ancillary spaces are open to the common area and separated from each other by permeable screens that allow for semi-private gatherings to take place.
location santa monica type office size 2000 sf client undisclosable budget 450,000 project team shannon han, hunter knight
retail no. 1
Located in Beverly Hills, Retail No. 1 for the Palter DeLiso footwear brand is designed as both a luxury flagship retail store and headquarters for the brand’s design studio and executive offices. The store and headquarters mark the first brick-and-mortar for the re-launch of the legacy brand originally established in 1927. The primary element of the store design is the L-shaped custom brass shelving unit that serves simultaneously as storefront and in-store display. The unit is meticulously detailed to conceal LED lighting at each shelf as well as the mirror display boxes that provide a 360° view of the shoes. Located beyond the retail space is the company’s design workshop, showroom and executive offices designed as a neutral backdrop to foster their creative work.
location beverly hills california type retail and office size 1700 sq ft client palter de liso budget 375,000 completion 2014 project team shannon han, hunter knight, lauren feiner general contractor reserved builders image credit mode machine
house no. 1
location venice beach california type residential size 1700 sq ft client undisclosable budget 250,000 dollars project team weather projects partner in charge shannon han design director hunter knight structural engineer cayetano vega contractor riley design