AIA|LA Where Architects Live Tour: Sawyer House
Sunday, April 19, 2015, 11:00 AM
West Los Angeles, CA

AIA|LA Where Architects Live Tour: Sawyer House

When: Sunday, April 19, 2015 11am
Where: West Los Angeles, CA
Who: Rachlin Partners Architects

Tour #1: 11:00 AM
Tour #2: 12:00 PM

Join us for this special tour of the Sawyer House led by Michael Rachlin of Rachlin Partners Architects

Transformation of the Sawyer House began with gutting the entire interior of the 2,000-square-foot structure in two phases. A typical 1950s California residence, the house lacked a definable style and was in poor condition due in part to damage from the 1994 Northridge earthquake. Outdated avocado-colored kitchen appliances finalized the decision to entirely modify this quintessential California house. Only the foundation, exterior bearing walls and roof structure were retained.

Michael Rachlin's approach to redesign of the structure blurs the line between traditional and modern, reinterpreting the archetypal vernacular using a minimalist language. Due to its relative small footprint, the house reflects a modern-day cottage delineated by the geometric forms of hipped or gabled roofs with a series of cupolas added to the mix for visual interest.

About Rachlin Partners Architects:

Rachlin Partners practices an architecture that is simple, direct, innovative and authentic. We believe in socially responsible public architecture. Approximately 80% of our projects involve public funding, and we have learned that certain responsibilities come with public work. We encourage public input as it enriches the design and makes it truly representative of the community for which it is intended.

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