Fact Sheet

Mar 15, 2018 - Los Angeles, CA


Program:   Living room, dining room, kitchen, den, master suite with walk‐in closet, two bedrooms with shared bath, one bedroom with en suite bath, terrace, powder room, laundry, garage, pool, below‐grade pool house with game room and showers, and guest suite with kitchen and terrace. 

Design:   Exemplifying Dan Brunn Architecture’s minimalist aesthetic and dynamic spatial  choreography of light and volume, the Bridge House is conceived as a laboratory for contemporary building and living.  The 4,500‐square‐foot house literally bridges over a natural stream and demonstrates innovative building systems and eco‐friendly design.  The project—a partnership with Dwell magazine and several product manufacturers—will act as a venue for social and educational events with the project partners.  Located in LA’s Hancock Park neighborhood, the 212‐foot‐long, 20‐foot‐wide, single‐story, cedar‐clad structure mediates a dramatic grade change of 20 feet with a running brook extending below the center of the house.  With its rectilinear shape punctuated with generous glass doors and windows, Bridge House exists within the lineage of California midcentury modernism pioneered by such architectural greats as Pierre Koenig, FAIA, Richard Neutra, FAIA, and Craig Ellwood.   

A 1948 traditional house was razed on the property (with some building components donated for re‐use) to make way for the new structure and entry court on the east side of the site.  The footprint of the new home was minimized to preserve the landscape and existing trees.  The home is being built with a modular, prefabricated steel construction system created by Canadian manufacturer Bone Structure.  This innovative system is based on a 5‐foot‐by‐5‐foot, post‐and‐beam grid to expedite on‐site assembly and save costs.  Securing the building are 12 foundation piles (ranging from seven to 25 feet deep) and two, 60‐foot‐long custom steel beams extending under the house to span the creek. 

Fitted with insulated panels, the structure will be air tight and thermally resistant to heat and cold to save energy.  The steel components require minimal welding and produce no construction waste.  Combined with this technologically advanced building system are photovoltaic cells and venting skylights on the roof, as well as dual‐pane, low‐E glass windows to reduce heat gain on the north side.  The structure is designed to be a net‐zero energy structure, so the amount of energy provided by on‐site renewable sources is equal to the amount of energy consumed by the building. 

From the entrance, the home opens through a pair of custom‐made pivoting glass doors to a linear suite of rooms accessed from perimeter hallways extending along the north and south sides.  In addition to the living and dining rooms, kitchen, and master suite, the house has two bedrooms with a shared bathroom, one bedroom with an en suite bath, a den, a powder room, and a laundry room.  The swimming pool is accompanied by a pool house with a game room and showers, and a guest suite with a kitchen and a terrace is tucked into the lower level of the west end.  

6363 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 503  Los Angeles, CA 90048  310.855.3555  www.danbrunn.com  info@danbrunn.com


The interiors are designed to provide expansive views of the outdoors, and alternate between a feeling of compression and expansion to vary the spaces according to their use.  The foyer opens to the soaring, double‐height living room that features a 14‐foot‐wide fireplace wall, skylights, and clerestory windows.  Fronting the adjacent kitchen is a long window wall with views of lush greenery.  The dining room opens to a terrace positioned at the midpoint of the house above the stream, and features a retractable fabric roof and sliding glass doors.  Circulation in this part of the house extends on the north side, then switches to the south past the terrace leading to the den with its floor‐to‐ceiling windows.  Beyond the den is a long art gallery corridor illuminated by skylights, leading to three bedrooms.  The master suite is located at the end of the corridor where a staircase leads to the garden and infinity‐edge solar‐heated pool.  

Firm:     Los Angeles‐based Dan Brunn Architecture, founded in 2005 by Dan Brunn, AIA,  develops commercial and residential projects worldwide.  Brunn utilizes provocative spatial choreography to harmonize light with volume.  Inspired by the Bauhaus architecture of his native Tel Aviv, he reinterprets Modernist principles in minimalist designs for living, shopping, and dining.  Brunn’s portfolio includes furniture design that addresses the needs of living room, bedroom, and bath with highly functional, sophisticated, and streamlined solutions.   

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Dan Brunn Architecture is a multidisciplinary architecture firm that designs and develops projects worldwide. Formed in 2005 by award-winning Principal, Dan Brunn, DBA prides itself on crafting architecture that respects the site and provokes a sensuous interaction with the environment. DBA focuses on purposeful modernism that heightens the user’s understanding and connection with the space. Every project DBA creates is dedicated to clean modernism, where function is purposeful and aesthetic becomes inherent. The synergy of the two creates unique, timeless and truly experiential spaces.

At DBA, we transform the traditional and offer creative solutions to various typologies. DBA’s young, energetic team is highly involved with each project from entitlements to the end of construction. At DBA, we are eager to work with each client’s needs and desires, while providing the best design possible. Each project is a highly evolved avant-garde, one of a kind design.

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