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Arch Tour Fest 2PM: Laurel Hills Residence
November 16, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm PST$30 – $45
Photo Credit: Matthew Millman
Arch Tour Fest: Laurel Hills Residence | 2PM
This is an in-person tour. Attendees will be required to show proof of vaccination. Please read and check the agreement and safety boxes in the registration. Additional information regarding the tour and check-in process will be emailed directed to registrants 24 hours before the event. Tickets are non-transferable.
CES Learning Units: 1.5 LU
Composed of three pavilions connected by a series of glass hallways, the single-story residence seeks to create a residential oasis in the heart of Los Angeles. Unlike many iconic Los Angeles homes that orient themselves around panoramic city views, the Laurel Hills Residence is in the foothills of the Laurel Canyon where it offers a secluded and inwardly focused experience with a majestic backdrop of lush and mature trees.
During this tour, Principal and Founder David Thompson of Assembledge+ will discuss how the entire site is treated as we are accustomed to treating interiors. Associated techniques – such as layered site lines, ground patterns, and circulation – will be identified.
The Western Red Cedar lined guest house and garage pavilion establishes a datum line that carves and connects the charcoal-colored board and batten living and sleeping pavilions. The entry to the house is located within a glass hallway connecting the living pavilion to the west and the sleeping pavilion to the east, establishing a sense of intimate scale before engaging with the other parts of the house. The session will also discuss consistency in the application of materials and forms utilized to create harmony of transparency, lightness, and legibility.
Principles of effective site orientation, massing, glazing, ground treatments, and landscaping will be discussed, as well as a streamlined process of construction whereby the builders utilized primarily letter-sized 3d images in lieu of conventional building plans.
Architect: Assembledge +
Interior Designer: Susan Mitnick
Landscape Architect: Fiore Landscape Design
Tour Led By:
David Thompson, Assoc. AIA, Principal and Founder, Assembledge+
David Thompson is the Founder and Principal designer of Los Angeles-based architecture firm Assembledge+. With over 25 years of diverse architectural experience David’s buildings – whether residential or commercial – express a highly refined sense of craft. Prior to establishing Assembledge+ David has been a key member at a number of Los Angeles architectural firms including Syndesis (David Hertz) in Santa Monica and Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects in Culver City. As an accomplished furniture designer, David’s expertise in methods of fabrication informs Assembledge+’s architectural projects. “With furniture design, I’ve been able to immerse myself in materials research and explore the process of piecing objects together.” Raised in the heart of Hollywood, David retains a deep knowledge of Los Angeles and a commitment to extending the city’s history of architectural innovation. David holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from Tulane University, where he sits on the advisory board and has been a member of organizations such as the AIA and the LA Forum for Art and Architecture.
1. Participants will learn about the consistency in the application of materials and forms as a means to produce order or legibility throughout a building.
2. Participants will learn how to dentify techniques for internalizing exterior space with respect to massing, courtyards, layered site lines, landscaping, ground patterns, and circulation.
3. Participants will learn how to analyze residential floor plans in terms of the activation of spaces, modulation of privacy, convenience, internal and external interconnection, scale, movement and repose.
4. Participants will learn how to describe how, in addition to design decisions, new technologies have the potential to save time and reduce waste during construction.