In spite of its gray exterior, the Le Brun home manages to blur the lines between indoors and out, while creating a unique multi-generational complex. Located in Mar Vista, the house was originally designed for two documentary filmmakers who were interested in building a place where they could live, work, and still have plenty of space for family visitors. Long narrow logs provided ample room for Studio EA Architects to accommodate a two-structure dwelling connected by an exterior catwalk elevated above a private courtyard garden. Natural light floods every inch of the structure’s interior thanks to the use of clearstory windows throughout and a three story glass stairwell (which doubles as a ventilation shaft).
Solar power not only provides hydronic radiant heating to the interior of the home, it also heats the pool. A solar window has been integrated into the laundry room so that clothes can be line dried at optimum efficiency. Exposed concrete floors used throughout the house stay cool during the summer months and are heated from below during the winter months doing double duty as a non-toxic material that is economic and easily cared for. The LeBrun house is an exemplary project in its use of economical materials and the way it combines both living and working spaces while ensuring plenty of breathability by letting the outdoors-in.