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Wonderland Park Residence in Laurel Canyon, California designed by Assembledge+

Project name:
Wonderland Park Residence
Architecture firm:
Laurel Canyon,Los Angeles, California, United States
Laure Joliet
Principal architect:
David Thompson
Design team:
David Thompson (Principal-in-Charge), Scott Walter, Gregory Marin
Interior design:
Alexader Design Build, Powder Room by Susan Mitnick Design Studio
Built area:
3248 ft²
Site area:
Design year:
Completion year:
Civil engineer:
Structural engineer:
CM Peck & Assoc
Environmental & MEP:
Fiore Landscape Design
Tools used:
Above Board Construction
Wood, steel, concrete, glass
Residential › House

Assembledge+: Nestled in the hills of the Laurel Canyon, The Wonderland Park Residence is situated within an enclave of mid-century residences from which it draws its inspiration. Originally a ranch house built in 1956, the project entails a second-floor addition and extensive remodel.

A narrow, thirty-foot long skylight mediates between the original pitched roof and the volume of the new addition where it rises to the second floor. This brings light and geometric clarity to the spaces, further enhanced by the Western Red Cedar cladding that runs continuously from the ceiling of the family room up through the skylight and around the exterior walls of the second story.

The form of the roof, oriented to the south for solar panels, evokes the notion of a tree house. Because this upper volume floats through the long skylight, a sense of freedom and fluidity is heightened within the new open floor plan below.

cozy living room with modern furniture image © Laure Joliet

The kitchen is the heart of the residence, physically connecting the social and private areas and providing views horizontally to the landscape and vertically through the skylight. Floor-to-ceiling glass sliding doors are positioned on opposite corners of the plan so that a diagonal axis is established from the front yard that passes through the interior spaces and out to the back yard and pool.

Comparable transparency continues upstairs where the primary bedroom and bathroom enjoy vistas into the forested surroundings of the Los Angeles canyon.

The house utilizes sustainable technologies including sustainably harvested Red Cedar cladding, a solar photovoltaic system, a grey water system for landscape irrigation, native and drought-tolerant landscaping, Caesarstone countertops, and formaldehyde-free MDF kitchen and bath cabinetry.

wooden dining table and chairs

staircase with Woden steps

living room with L-shape sofa

outdoor furniture and fire pit

bathroom with nature view

modern chair

bathroom washing basin

bedroom with panoramic view of nature

kitchen counter

kitchen island

L-shape sofa and rug

Wonderland Park Residence in Laurel Canyon, California designed by Assembledge+

terrace near pool

TV wall

modern house with pool

wooden deck and pivot door

ground floor plan

first floor plan

site plan

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By Naser Nader Ibrahim

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