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TOLO Architecture

Los Angeles, CA

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TOLO Branch House Aerial Site Diagram
TOLO Branch House Aerial Site Diagram
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Branch House

The Branch House is located on a one acre-lot in the hills of Montecito. The property originally held a 1960’s ranch house with native Coastal Live Oaks in the back yard. The new house, arranged in the round, is conceived as a cluster of program volumes each with its own unique orientation to light and view. Demolishing the original ranch allowed us to restore the oak grove and return the earth to its natural grade. Working closely with an arborist, we built the house within the oaks, floating the house off the ground by means of concrete piles. In addition to providing a primary view out to the landscape, each room also has a skylight offering a view of the sky. A circulation spine, lined with glass, doubles as a gallery for the owner's collection of contemporary art.

 
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Status: Built
Location: Montecito, CA, US
Firm Role: Architect
Additional Credits: Project Team: Peter Tolkin, Jeremy Schacht, Albert Escobar
Engineers: Joseph Perazzelli (Structural), Michael Viettone Civil Engineering (Civil)
General Contractor: RHC Construction Inc.
Consultants: Monterey Energy Group, Inc. (Solar/Insulation)
Arborist: Westree Inc.
Photographer: David Hartwell

 
TOLO Branch House Unfolded exterior and interior elevations
TOLO Branch House Unfolded exterior and interior elevations
TOLO Branch House Entry
TOLO Branch House Entry
TOLO Branch House View from back garden
TOLO Branch House View from back garden
TOLO Branch House Living Room
TOLO Branch House Living Room
TOLO Branch House Dining Room
TOLO Branch House Dining Room
TOLO Branch House Kitchen
TOLO Branch House Kitchen
TOLO Branch House Kitchen Sitting Area
TOLO Branch House Kitchen Sitting Area
TOLO Branch House View of guest bedroom
TOLO Branch House View of guest bedroom
TOLO Branch House View of guest bedrooms
TOLO Branch House View of guest bedrooms
TOLO Branch House View of gallery from interior and exterior
TOLO Branch House View of gallery from interior and exterior
TOLO Branch House View of gallery and powder room
TOLO Branch House View of gallery and powder room
TOLO Branch House primary bathroom
TOLO Branch House primary bathroom