Canyon View Office/Guesthouse

Los Angeles, CA United States

Kanner Architects


Project Description

2006 RADA


Few people enjoy sitting in traffic, especially in smog-ridden Los Angeles, yet many people like perching in a tree house. Stephen Kanner, FAIA, relieved this homeowner’s frustrating commute by designing a home office inspired by a neighboring tree house. Kanner’s tree house brainstorming conjured images of wood structures with crazy angles squeezed between branches. He refined that basic idea by creating a freestanding structure that “blends into its wooded environment through the use of cedar wall panels that break the box into a series of angled walls.” Wood plays an important role inside as well. Maple floors, along with ceilings and cabinetry made from vertical-grain Douglas fir, warm the space’s Spartan interiors. To heighten the ‘wow’ factor, Kanner positioned wood-framed expanses of glass to showcase views of surrounding foliage while eliminating most signs of civilization. The judges’ responses to the project suggest they were indeed wowed. “Corner windows give the [building] forms extraordinary presentation,” said one.


Project Details

Canyon View Office/Guesthouse
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Project Team:
    Stephen H. Kanner, Principal In charge / Project Architect.
  • General Contractor: Steve Wolverton Construction 
  • Photography: John Linden 
  • Interior Designer: Birgit Hansen 
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Project Size:
    1,000 sq ft
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