Eagle Rock Duplex

The massing blends in with single family homes in the neighborhood while maintaining distinct sidewalk accessible entrances. 2 interlocking L-shaped units combine to create a central courtyard void for light + air. Strategically designed, the elevations and entrance configurations of this 2000 SF live-work duplex allow for a cohesive architectural composition when 2 duplexes are mirrored along a central exterior circulation spine, resulting in a unified four unit configuration on a typical 50’x150’ lot.

The central courtyard allows for passive ventilation while optimizing the daylighting of interior spaces. Additional outdoor features include a shallow pool for rainwater collection, a rooftop garden for produce cultivation, roof mounted solar panels, and a terrace next to the courtyard for children’s play, group socializing, and outdoor dining.

Inspired by Luis Barragán and Jorge Pardo, the interaction of color, together with the Southern California light, shape the identity of each unit and add character to the interior spaces. The flexible framework allows the occupants to re-order various spatial functions to suit evolving household sizes and needs over time.  

New housing models containing integrated flexible workspaces with adequate physical and acoustic separation are required due to shifts in the way we work post-pandemic. Within the City of Los Angeles, minor zoning and land use reforms could factor in these new live-work spatial divisions and facilitate their tax implications.

This new multi-family live/work housing model anticipates mixed-used zoning + land use reforms in Los Angeles over the next decade, while promoting low rise urban densification on subdivided or underutilized lots. Compared to high-rise development, low-rise housing has more streamlined municipal approvals and shorter project timelines. As a result, low-rise housing developments can adapt with more agility to suit rapidly evolving societal, economic, and environmental conditions.

Project type: Duplex w/ Home Office or Guest Unit

Project role: Concept design lead, Architectural + Interior design

Team: Natalie Cheng RA, Xinglu Zhu, Ivan Pazos / dox 3d