Rear Window House

Architect: Edward Ogosta Architecture

Location:  Culver City, California

Category: Up to $1.5 million in construction cost (category two)

This project demonstrates how a thoughtful, strategic intervention can breathe new life into an older home and be good for the neighborhood, without sacrificing the needs of the contemporary family

The Rear Window House is a discreet yet decidedly modern remodel + addition to a seventy-year-old bungalow in a neighborhood with numerous intact dwellings of the same era. The owner’s growing family necessitated building a 450 square foot extension into the backyard, consisting of a new master suite and library. To strengthen the connection between old and new, the addition maintains the 3:12 roof slope prevailing in the existing house and throughout the neighborhood. The new volume is entirely skinned with asphalt roofing shingles, which anchors the building to the vernacular materiality of the area, while projecting a uniquely contemporary identity. The project culminates in the master bedroom’s expansive rear window, formed of aluminum-clad plate steel, which cantilevers above a quietly bubbling pool of water. The window offers the intensely private experience of sleeping and awakening in nature, and at times the house feels a thousand miles from the city.

"A beautiful and precise addition which gave a new reading to the historic bungalow" ~ Jury comment

Additional information

Engineer - structural: Reiss Brown Ekmekji, Inc.

General contractor: Silverleaf Construction


Carolyn Adams, AIA (Chair), Carolyn Adams Architecture PLLC, Kirkland, Washington

Michael Antenora, AIA, Antenora Architects LLP, Austin, Texas  

Steve Kordalski, AIA, Kordalski Architects Inc., Cleveland, Ohio

Brandon Frazier Pace, AIA, Sanders Pace Architecture LLC, Knoxville, Tennessee

Elizabeth Whittaker, AIA, Merge Architects, Inc., Boston, Massachusetts

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