Encino Residence


Private Residence
Encino, California

The clients had two requests: make an addition to their existing 800 square foot house that approximated an aircraft hanger, and kill the sun but not the light. Located in a post-war housing tract in the San Fernando Valley, a small house on a relatively large piece of land enabled  a response that provided large volumes, even, north light (one of the clients is a painter), shade from the intense heat of the summer, and outdoor courtyard space directly linked to the living areas. Two private work areas are located adjacent to a linear library on the second floor.

Project Credits:
Russell Thomsen, Eric Kahn, Ron Golan, Fadi Hakim.
General Contractor: Roman Janczak
Photography: COA.


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About Russell Thomsen

A founding partner in the award winning Central Office of Architecture (COA, 1987-2008) and IDEA Office (2009-2014), Russell Thomsen formed RNThomsen Architecture in 2015. He has been a licensed architect since 1989. The office provides a full range of architectural services. In addition to directing the practice, Russell is also a senior design studio faculty member at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) in downtown Los Angeles. The work of the office has been internationally recognized, exhibited and published. The office has received several awards including the Architectural League Prize and Emerging Voices, both from the Architectural League of New York, and the Best In American Architecture Award for the Saitama Residence.