Join David Freeland [Partner and Cofounder FreelandBuck / SCI-Arc faculty] for an inside look at Second House, a 1,500 square foot residence located on an extremely compressed site in Los Angeles. The house is characterized by an intricate aggregation of interior and exterior volumes. Closely surrounded by other residences and without potential for visual connection outside the site, the house turns inward around a central courtyard. Each room is expressed through the massing, paired with a corresponding exterior space (two entry alcoves and a courtyard) carved from the buildable footprint. This alternation from inside to out and back is emphasized by an alternating arrangement of material surfaces, creating a series of dramatically different spaces that are integrated into a single environment. While the program is made explicit through different volumes, both interior and exterior are knitted together into a single, visually continuous living space. This balance between volumetric distinction and spatial continuity creates an environment in constant modulation; by natural and artificial light, opening of doors and windows, and configuration of furniture.
FreelandBuck is a Los Angeles and New York City-based architectural office founded and led by Brennan Buck and David Freeland. Established in 2010, the office makes buildings, spaces, and objects that engage the public through layers of meaning, illusion and visual effect. With each project, they aim to create distinct spaces that contribute to a more stimulating, aesthetically engaging, and challenging world. The firm's architecture and public art work is notable for its visual richness, intricate spatial sequences, cultural reference and use of drawing, as both design method and autonomous form of work. FreelandBuck is a winner of the Architectural League of New York's Emerging Voices Prize in 2019. They were named a finalist for the 2018 MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program, a member of Architectural Record's 2017 Design Vanguard, and a winner of the 2019 AIA LA Design Award for their project, Second House.
Project team: David Freeland, Brennan Buck, Johannes Beck, Nick Schwaller
Photography by Eric Staudenmaier
Furniture provided by Knoll Inc.
Crew Credits -
Creator and Executive Producer - Hernan Diaz Alonso
Producers - Marcelyn Gow
Director - Reza Monahan
Director of Photography - Sean Morris
B Camera - Robert Moreno
C Camera - Solomon Turner
Sound Engineer - George Wymenga
Story Producer - Marcelyn Gow
Editors - Azadeh Navai/Reza Monahan
Sound Mixer - Christina Nguyen
Additional Images courtesy of FreelandBuck
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