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Chicago, IL, US


Last H2O on Mulholland


The Last House on Mulholland (LHOM) competition brief is rewritten for a historic architecture client and a modern day crisis. Aline Barnsdall was the real mother of modern architecture in California, having hired Frank Lloyd Wright, Rudolph Schindler, and Richard Neutra to work on her avant-garde colony. She was also a water conservation pioneer. Her Hollyhock House incorporated an underground plumbing system which recycled via the central courtyard. Aline’s spirit is reborn in the Last H2O on Mulholland (LH2OM) project. The LH2OM project proposes a residential complex which is a system for dwellings coexisting with water conservation in drought stricken California. 

Each dwelling’s height is in flux per the annual seasonal rainfall in the City of Los Angeles as the cistern systems fill and empty.

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Status: Competition Entry
Location: Los Angeles, CA, US
My Role: design scientist & writer
Additional Credits: S. Hjelte Fumanelli - project architect & digital modeling