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Dramatic Contemporary House

Echo House is located in Elysian Heights, a neighborhood north of downtown Los Angeles that was built on hilly terrain. The house was built by the American firm Aaron Neubert Architects. Working in a tight space, they designed the house to divide the property over three levels. This main structure is on a technical floor with the garage and engine room.

Next to the four-story house at the front of the site is an artist’s studio in the back yard. A public garden nearby enabled the company to give the impression of a larger area. The residence and the freestanding artist’s studio are positioned in such a way that they are perceptibly living in the adjacent community garden and offer a view of the downtown skyline and the surrounding hills. At street level, the compact floor plan only contains a garage and technical rooms. A hallway leads to a staircase that connects the garage with the main entrance of the house, which is also accessible via an outside staircase.

Whether coming outside from the garage or the sidewalk, guests enter the home in a dramatic double-height living room with a terrace overlooking the city and surrounding hills. A spiral staircase connects the fun space to the kitchen and dining area at the rear of the property. Here the interiors open up to the back yard so they can physically expand.

As the top floor of the house is receding, there is a covered area directly in front of the dining room. On the top level there were three bedrooms, two of which share an additional terrace with views of the city.

The 37-square-meter studio has a white exterior and dark louvre slats that match the main house. A floor-to-ceiling glass wall enables residents to view the property and the garden from the inside. The interiors are decorated with a light and minimal color palette, with warmer accents like herringbone wood floorboards and hanging geometric lights.

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