Anonymous Architects has splashed out onto the design scene with a couple of special projects lately, including the skinny Eel's Nest home and office in Los Angeles. The name refers to super narrow lots in Japan that are between five and 15 feet wide, the latter of which is the exact width of this project in Echo Park. Special planning permission had to be obtained to give the daylit dwelling extra height, an intervention that doubled the interior space.
The original home was built on this unique 780 square foot lot in 1929, and although most of it had to be demolished, some of the original basement walls are still visible. Anonymous Architects focused on bringing as much natural light into the building as possible. This was achieved by creating supersized windows that at times take up entire interior walls and leaving the staircase open.
As a result, daylighting penetrates into all three levels of the home that is lined with an uplifting but minimalist series of natural wood floors and cabinets. The rooftop deck is planted with olive trees and views above the dense urban landscape extend as far as the Hollywood sign and the nearby San Gabriel Mountains. If you like this design, you’ll love the Big & Small House also featured recently on Inhabitat.