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 42,000,000 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
house no. 7
House No. 7 is located in the hills of marin county. The home is conceptually organized around two courtyards. The ground level entry and backyard both utilize the courtyard for privacy, protection from the elements, and layering interior and exterior spaces. The backyard courtyard functionality is maximized by locating the pool up the small hill in the back, freeing up the space to be used during the entirety of the year.
location marin county california type single family home size 4,100 sq ft client marika and james spielman project team shannon han, hunter knight, kyle stuart-willis, lizzy miller, kevin altunian, matthew rivera status plan check
house no. 6
House No. 6 is a reconceptualized home located in the Bel Air neighborhood. The new home adds roughly 3900 sf to an existing area of 2800sf. The program is organized to maximize views, light, and connectivity while offering a variety of living spaces that open to the outdoors. The large grid of windows on the north wing open the home to light and view while the large undulating hip roof form provides shade to the courtyard and large glazed areas. The ground floor at the living and kitchen areas completely opens to the exterior, tying a large court to the interior of the home's more public spaces.
location los angeles california type single family home size 6,700 sq ft client reserved group project team shannon han, hunter knight, hillary bretcko, lizzy miller, kevin altunian, mathew rivera, sam hoch status construction
housing research no. 2
Affordable Housing Research No. 2 is a speculative project that uses the typology of an ADU unit or tiny backyard home to explore an inexpensive rapid construction technique. This small unit of housing tackles affordability through a compact flexible living space that utilizes built in modular furniture. The prefabricated construction concept utilizes light gauge metal framing and standardized components to speed construction and reduce custom costs associated with non-standard components. This prefabrication process can happen on site or in a factory thanks to a technique of mass customization that utilizes a technique that rapidly forms each individual light gauge steel member. This reduces waste and provides a quick construction process typical of wood framing. The benefits of this method are rapid construction, a lightweight structure that reduces loads and additional manpower, increased construction quality and accuracy, fire resistance, and eliminates rot and termite damage to the primary structure.
location los angeles california type additional dwelling unit project team shannon han, hunter knight, matthew rivera status research
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. 5
House No. 5 is an existing structure located in the west hollywood hills. The home was re-conceptualized to take advantage of the panoramic view from downtown to the ocean and its unique position on the hillside. The existing structure is wrapped in a metal veil that re-organizes the interior and exterior elements to allow for a layering of spaces while framing views out of the home. This layering blurs boundaries between interior and exterior rooms extending the inner spaces out onto the terraces and balconies; offering a variety of shade, exposure, and view.
location los angeles california type single family home size 3,900 sq ft client reserved group project team shannon han, hunter knight, kyle stuart-willis, hillary bretcko, matthew rivera status in construction
house no. 4
House No. 4 is a 4-story structure in a secluded hillside neighborhood off mulholland drive. The home was reconceptualized to take advantage of light, view, and height within the existing envelope. The new structure is more open and free flowing taking advantage of expansive views off to the north, while internally connecting the lower floors vertically through a continuous stair and atrium.
location los angeles california type single family home size 3,500 sq ft client reserved group project team hunter knight, kyle stuart-willis, matthew rivera, tony gao photography paul vu status completed
house no. 3
House No. 3 expands from an existing bungalow as a two-story structure nestled on a narrow venice beach lot. The new space is a large open floor plan connecting the interior with the exterior. Spaces merge throughout the lower section of the house while a walnut slatted screen element connects the lower floor with a linear vaulted space at the upper story.
location los angeles california type single family home size 3,500 sq ft client reserved group budget 850,000 project team shannon han, hunter knight, christopher day, matthew rivera status completed
house no. 2
House No. 2 is a simple two-story structure composed of interlocking volumes that allow light and space to flow between stacked spaces. Each exterior opening at the entry, kitchen and master bedroom are fitted with custom steel door and window systems fabricated by the owner. The large opening at the kitchen is protected from the eastern sunlight by a patterned sliding scrim that moves independently of the large steel sliding doors that open the house to the garden.
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
house no. 1
House No. 1 is a remodel of an existing bungalow on a narrow lot in venice beach. The original bungalow was cut off from light and air with tight compartmentalized spaces that lacked organization. We opened up the spaces, raised the roof, and added large stacking doors that connected the living spaces with the exterior.
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