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Carlson-Reges Residence

Los Angeles, CA

An urban-industrial house and gallery, built as a centerpiece within a 20-acre artists' live-work district, with materials from the the owners' salvage yard.


The house was for a couple—an urban industrial recycler and builder, and an art collector. The architects and owners worked improvisationally and opportunistically within a pre-established spatial framework and a code of design-build.

The house functions as a residence, art gallery and show dog kennel. To reflect the site — an industrial area in Los Angeles — the client requested an urban industrial exterior with a domestic, warm interior with both grand and intimate spaces. 


The couple lived for some time in what was once an electric company cabling structure north of downtown Los Angeles. The stripped classical concrete and steel structure is surrounded by a yard that contains a collection of building materials and industrial artifacts collected from two generations of work and urban renovation. During that time the client/builder and his family have acquired considerable skill and experience in the renovation of large scaled industrial structures but prior to this project had not collaborated with an architect.

SIZE : 12,000 SF

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