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Enclosing a garage, a workshop, and a guest apartment, this buildings angular geometry responds to site conditions, views, and solar orientation.

Montrose Residence, Montrose, Calif.

Montrose Residence, Montrose, Calif.

  • Enclosing a garage, a workshop, and a guest apartment, this buildings angular geometry responds to site conditions, views, and solar orientation.

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    Enclosing a garage, a workshop, and a guest apartment, this buildings angular geometry responds to site conditions, views, and solar orientation.

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    Enclosing a garage, a workshop, and a guest apartment, this building’s angular geometry responds to site conditions, views, and solar orientation.

  • Section A.

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    Section A.

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    Section A.

  • Section B.

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    Section B.

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    Section B.

  • Rainscreen siding provides passive cooling.

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    Rainscreen siding provides passive cooling.

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    Rainscreen siding provides passive cooling.

  • Cutouts in the building volume create sheltered outdoor spaces.

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    Cutouts in the building volume create sheltered outdoor spaces.

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    Cutouts in the building volume create sheltered outdoor spaces.

  • The workshop.

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    The workshop.

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    The workshop.

  • The interior provides guest and overflow space for a young family.

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    The interior provides guest and overflow space for a young family.

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    The interior provides guest and overflow space for a young family.

  • Green features include bamboo flooring and sustainably harvested lumber.

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    Green features include bamboo flooring and sustainably harvested lumber.

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    Green features include bamboo flooring and sustainably harvested lumber.

  • The garage-level plan.

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    The garage-level plan.

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    The garage-level plan.

  • The living area-level floor plan.

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    The living area-level floor plan.

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    The living area-level floor plan.

  • The loft floor plan.

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    The loft floor plan.

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    The loft floor plan.

montrose residence, montrose, calif.
los angeles
warren techentin architecture

Stacking a guest apartment atop an existing garage, this backyard structure adds a workshop, overflow living space, and solar electricity to a maxed-out family home. The building’s angular, vertically oriented envelope works within the site’s constraints—which included a large shade tree—to secure views and optimize solar exposure. Rainscreen siding shades the exterior, while a remote-controlled skylight promotes stack effect–driven passive cooling. Our jury noted the project’s positive effect on its site. One judge said, “It activates the gardens in a very sculptural way.”

 

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project credits

principal in charge: Warren Techenten, AIA, LEED AP, Warren Techentin Architecture; general contractor: Simon Sage, Expert Builders, Burbank, Calif.; project size: 484 square feet; site size: 1.1 acres; construction cost: $227 per square foot; photography: Nicholas Cope.


product details

bathroom and kitchen fittings: Kohler, www.kohler.com; bathroom and kitchen fixtures: Kohler; cooktop: Miele, www.miele.com; countertops: Caesarstone, www.caesarstone.com; flooring: Ultimate Bamboo; green products: Firestone Rubbergard roofing (recyclable), www.firestonebpco.com, Sheetrock gypsum board (recycled), www.usg.com; hardware: Baldwin, www.baldwinhardware.com; hvac equipment: Carrier, www.carrier.com; insulation: Bonded Logic, www.bondedlogic.com; kitchen cabinets: Ikea, www.ikea.comoven and refrigerator: General Electric, www.geappliances.com; roofing: Johns Manville, www.jm.com; skylights: Velux, www.velux.com; solar energy system: Uni-Solar, www.uni-solar.com