Amanda Drive Residence
Studio City, California, 2014
Architectural restoration and renovation of a historic residence originally designed by Rudolf Schindler in 1948. The house, nestled on a hillside in Studio City, was in deplorable condition and required a good deal of historic research and careful excavation. Through layers of dry wall, terra cotta tile, block glass and paint left over from several thoughtless renovations, the original construction grade plywood panels were found along with scribbles and construction notes left by the architect. We located the original set of drawings as well as some period photography, and these along with the results of the excavation gave us insight into Schindler’s mind and an education on his process. Schindler sought to transform low art into high art through the poetic use of standard materials. With this spirit and notion we designed very purposeful, custom pieces of furniture and millwork to fulfill current needs. By engaging in this process we gained a sense of freedom and a very specific problem solving approach. We were able to restore something that is at the heart of what Commune is about: simplicity, intimacy, lack of ostentation, the mixing of high and low, the exercise of frugality, maximization, geometry, a no-waste approach and utmost respect of the original architecture.