Cohen Residence by Abramson Architects: A Hollywood Writer’s Family Treehouse with Glass as Main Material

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Designed by Abramson Architects, Cohen Residence is a single-family residence located in Los Angeles, CA. Etan Cohen needs a space that can be used as a playful refuge for his wife and kids and also as a creative home office for his established Hollywood career. The design for this Hollywood writer’s family treehouse is inspired by the comedic and approachable personality of the client. This house is 6,000 sq ft and completed in 2013.


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An impressive three-story atrium will greet one once entering this house, topped with pitched roof ceilings and also accented by steel-framed glass floors. There is also a living tree on the ground floor that sprouting up through the multi-tier stairwell. This space is defined as a loft-like modern treehouse with an inverted floorplan to place the primary living spaces of the house on the top floor.

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The home office can be found on the basement level. This office embraces the more industrial aesthetic of the building materials around. This space trickles down through the home’s transparent layers and graced with natural light which is unusual for a basement. There is also a separate entrance that allows people to come and go without disturbing the household of the client.

The house walls are decorated with the movies’ posters of the client who has accomplished throughout the years. The office area features a private screening room too. The second storey sits pulled back on all sides slightly to create room for peripheral skylights and allow natural light o come into the lower levels.



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For this house, the architect uses glass as the main material used throughout the house, layered all the way down through the various levels of walkways and also seen from the top part of the house structure. The articulate volume of the house also allows natural light from the sun to flow through all rooms and levels of the house.


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Photographer: Jim Bartsch

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