Bridge House Brings Innovation to LA
Posted: December 6, 2019 | Tradewinds
Designed by Dan Brunn, AIA, Principal of Dan Brunn Architecture (danbrunn.com), the one-of-a kind “bridge house” will literally bridge 65’ over a natural stream. Staying consistent with Brunn’s “less is more” approach to building, the home will occupy 4,500 square feet on a 15,000 square-foot lot. The project’s commitment to sustainable solutions will serve as a demonstration of innovative systems and forward-thinking processes. The home's design exemplifies Brunn’s signature minimalist aesthetic, evident in dynamic spatial choreography of light and volume. “The idea is to do something extraordinary with ordinary means,” says Brunn.
The result of Dan’s inspiration, paired with his unique background and signature style, is a pointed approach to development and a brilliant use of space. Once inside the home, it is clear that physical measurements do not describe the emotion that Bridge House evokes, and this is exactly how Dan intended for it to be. Instead, the spatial choreography of light and volume convey drama and intrigue. In this case, simplicity is key, less is more, and the concept of a modular space leaves no room for exploiting geometry.
When completed, Bridge House will stretch 210 feet across the grounds, straddling a brook in an architectural maneuver that gives the project its name. When principal Dan Brunn purchased the property, his initial plan had been to renovate the existing home. The seeds of Bridge House were sown, however, when he visited the Breakers in Newport, Rhode Island. Though the Italian Renaissance-style mansion that was the Vanderbilt family’s summer retreat is a far cry from the modern profile of Bridge House, it sparked an idea for Brunn. “I fell in love with the motor court and entry,” says Brunn. “Back at the site, I started with a motor court, and the bridge evolved because of the structure. I could go right over the river instead of biasing the whole house on one side.” The river forms a natural division for public and private spaces in the residence, marking the point where one circulation transitions into another: “Instead of a first floor and second floor, you think of it in terms of length.” During the construction phase, the contractor is using leftover pipe from a previous project and a covering of soil and wood from the site to fashion a temporary bridge for builders to cross.
Dan Brunn Architecture prides itself on the economy and efficiency of its designs, so the firm was eager to incorporate BONE Structure’s steel system in Bridge House. Combining classic post-and-beam structure with energy-efficient solutions, BONE Structure delivers a flexible, durable, and sustainable product. “Building construction technology is so far behind, and we haven’t really progressed,” says Brunn, “so we were excited by the prospect of not having waste.”
A visionary architectural exploration (bridgehousela.com) will officially reach completion on October 22nd, after 2 years of construction