You don’t need to be a writer to fall in love with Black Box, a compact writing studio perched in the hills of Los Angeles. Local firm Aaron Neubert Architects designed the minimal studio to serve as an office for a technology author and columnist. Elevated atop a steep slope in the Franklin Hills neighborhood, the timber-and-steel structure is faced with a large window framing panoramic views of Griffith Park and its iconic Observatory.
Named after its minimal shape and black stained redwood cladding, the Black Box was built behind and above the client’s existing residence. The tree canopy engulfs the blackened-steel structure, hiding the access stairway and making the Black Box appear as if it were floating among the leaves. The stairway leads to the studio’s small outdoor platform and pair of large glass doors.
The all-white interior is minimally furnished with a wooden desk and a few chairs to keep the focus on the 10-foot-by-12-foot window wall and the stunning landscape views. “I was interested in producing a simple sculptural gesture hovering over the landscape,” Aaron Neubert said to Dezeen. “The idea of an oversized picture window carved from a simple box was interesting for its capacity to reflect the sky during the day, illuminate the property at night, and present a spectacular view from its interior.”
Images via Aaron Neubert Architects