Black Box

A steeply sloping property in a hillside neighborhood of Los Angeles is the site for this 200 square foot writer’s studio, labeled the “Black Box” for its minimal geometry and dark stained cladding. Floating above an existing residence and capturing a panoramic view of Griffith Park and its famed Observatory, the Black Box serves as the office for a technology author and columnist.

Entry to the structure is obtained by ascending the hillside stairs and passing below the tree canopy enveloping the studio. A custom fabricated steel fenestration system opens to the entry platform though a pair of telescoping doors. The assembly turns the corner and terminates in a picture window, directing the occupant to the expansive views. The position of the studio and the arrival sequence creates the desired separation between home life and work life.

Project Team: Aaron Neubert (Principal), Jeremy Limsenben, David Chong, Xiran Zhang / Structural Engineer: FJ Engineering / General Contractor: Doug Dalton / Steel Windows and Doors: John Dunne / Millwork: Dan Taron / Photography: Brian Thomas Jones

Publications: Work From Shed, 2022, Archinect, December 01, 2016, Archinect, November 04, 2016 Objekt International, March 2016, Objekt USA/Canada, March 2016, Dezeen, September 03, 2015Design Milk, September 03, 2015, Design Boom, September 01, 2015, Curbed, September 01, 2015