Casa Study House #1

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June 17, 2009

Traditions collide in Los Angeles when architect Jeremy Levine hotwires SoCal Spanish with international haute-moderne. The resulting house of courtyards, shelves, and even some repurposed car parts is a hybrid sensation.

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  When Jeremy and Robin Levine remodeled their house in the Eagle Rock district of Los Angeles, they chose to keep it at the scale, if not the style, of other houses in the neighborhood. They expanded it back and front by building shady decks around existing trees. The sliding, slatted doors of triple-panel wood reinforce the inside-outside living experience.  Photo by: Tom Fowlks

    When Jeremy and Robin Levine remodeled their house in the Eagle Rock district of Los Angeles, they chose to keep it at the scale, if not the style, of other houses in the neighborhood. They expanded it back and front by building shady decks around existing trees. The sliding, slatted doors of triple-panel wood reinforce the inside-outside living experience.

    Photo by: Tom Fowlks

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  Architect, builder, and developer Jeremy Levine stands at the threshold of the front deck and the living room under his newly raised ceiling made of wood recycled from the original pitched roof.  Photo by: Tom Fowlks

    Architect, builder, and developer Jeremy Levine stands at the threshold of the front deck and the living room under his newly raised ceiling made of wood recycled from the original pitched roof.

    Photo by: Tom Fowlks

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  The house features thick walls with deep shelves carved into them, intended to save space and convey the solidity of Spanish-style houses.  Photo by: Tom Fowlks

    The house features thick walls with deep shelves carved into them, intended to save space and convey the solidity of Spanish-style houses.

    Photo by: Tom Fowlks

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  The layering of the remodeled house is revealed in this image of Robin and Jeremy relaxing on the front deck.  Photo by: Tom Fowlks

    The layering of the remodeled house is revealed in this image of Robin and Jeremy relaxing on the front deck.

    Photo by: Tom Fowlks

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  A young, drought-tolerant Tristania conferta (also known as Australian brush box tree) grows up through the chill-out room under the deck at the rear of the house.  Photo by: Tom Fowlks

    A young, drought-tolerant Tristania conferta (also known as Australian brush box tree) grows up through the chill-out room under the deck at the rear of the house.

    Photo by: Tom Fowlks

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  The entrance to the chill-out room is under the stairs.  Photo by: Tom Fowlks

    The entrance to the chill-out room is under the stairs.

    Photo by: Tom Fowlks

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  One of Levine’s design experiments is this “thermal rock wall” of loosely stacked stones.  Photo by: Tom Fowlks

    One of Levine’s design experiments is this “thermal rock wall” of loosely stacked stones.

    Photo by: Tom Fowlks

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  A Robinia tree moved from another part of the site grows in this pocket courtyard and thermal chimney in the heart of the house.  Photo by: Tom Fowlks

    A Robinia tree moved from another part of the site grows in this pocket courtyard and thermal chimney in the heart of the house.

    Photo by: Tom Fowlks

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  A preoccupation for Levine was saving space and money; he and his team used threaded steel rods and birch veneer plywood to construct the shelving in his office at the rear of the house.  Photo by: Tom Fowlks

    A preoccupation for Levine was saving space and money; he and his team used threaded steel rods and birch veneer plywood to construct the shelving in his office at the rear of the house.

    Photo by: Tom Fowlks

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  The front bedroom reveals how the design creates through-flow of light and air in what had previously been a poky set of spaces.  Photo by: Tom Fowlks

    The front bedroom reveals how the design creates through-flow of light and air in what had previously been a poky set of spaces.

    Photo by: Tom Fowlks

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