TOLO Architecture

TOLO Architecture

Los Angeles, CA


Parker Studio

This small building, a studio for a photographer, is located in the backyard of a 1920s Craftsman bungalow in Pasadena, CA. A contemporary reinterpretation of craftsman architecture, its design is based on a layered wall system. The building makes a clear distinction between the vertical structural system of the redwood posts, the lateral structural systems of the plywood shear panels, and the interior walls for display. Plywood shear panels are commonly required in wood construction in an earthquake zone, although they are typically always hidden behind the building’s cladding. Here, these panels are given distinct articulation: the exposed patterning of the screws act as an ornamental expression of the structural requirements of the building code.

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Status: Built
Location: Pasadena, CA, US
Firm Role: Architect
Additional Credits: PROJECT TEAM:Peter Tolkin, John R. Byram
ENGINEERS: Harout Soghomonian, Samuelson Engineering (Structural)
GENERAL CONTRACTOR: Roman Janczak Construction