Sobieski House
South Pasadena, CA  |  Completed 2012

Oonagh Ryan with Koning Eizenberg            

Influenced by the family’s informal lifestyle, this 3,750sf home is conceived as a series of white plaster boxes housing large flexible spaces that can change use over time. Sliding between the boxes are a series of burnt cedar wood bars with green roofs housing storage and bathrooms.  Circulation is primarily outdoors; each box connects to the large central yard as well as a more private smaller courtyard.  This high performance home includes a series of passive sustainable strategies such as hydronic underfloor heating, earth tubes for cooling, solar panels providing both power and domestic hot water.    

2012 AIA Los Angeles, Citation  |  2014 AIA National Housing Award | Published Metropolis, Dec 2011 | Published Azure, Jan 2013 | Published Los Angeles Times, June 2013

photo © Eric Staudenmaier