2011 Merit Award for Architecture
King Residence, Santa Monica, CA
Architect: John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects
Most single family residences in Los Angeles present in impersonal, formal façade and front yard that, while superficially pleasant, create a strict wall between the life within the house and the community at large. By contrast, this single family residence offers the modern equivalent of a big front porch – a space that says: “Come visit. We want to know our neighbors.” For that reason, it offers a refreshing alternative for the single family house – one that preserves the idea of the detached home and the necessary private spaces within it, but also provides a more urban, communally-oriented focus.