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Tower House

Borden Partnership

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Project Name

Tower House

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Year Completed



800 sq. feet



  • Gail Peter Borden, FAIA
  • Brooke Taylor Borden



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Project Description

Set in a westside neighborhood of Los Angeles, the modest nature of the post-war houses with large yards and cool ocean breezes make the suburban vision still resonate today. The interiority of the houses and the extreme spatial limitations of the two bedroom one bathroom house required the owners to expand. With an extremely limited budget, they wanted to add a bedroom, one and a half bathrooms and a family room. The budget required a preservation of everything the house currently was, but this was to be married with the desire to dissolve the boundaries between outside and inside and modernize the house [visually and performatively] to embrace the Southern California lifestyle. The desire to expand and integrate, preserve and update required a surgical approach to the house. Bracketing the house in book-ending towers, the spatial snorkels allowed for double height spaces, light and ventilation to penetrate throughout the house and carry through the body of new and old a consistent vocabulary. A central courtyard with layered enfilade operable glass walls allows the edges of the house to dissolve and open. 5 discrete spaces can become one long space that runs continuously from front to back moving from out to in to out to in to out.
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