This striking modern home looks like it belongs in a James Bond film; floating bridge access, a rooftop carport, and balcony views overlooking the San Gabriel Mountains just North of Los Angeles make the Car Park House feel minimal yet lavish, urban yet rural, simple yet stylish. Because of the steep terrain, the foundation is practically nonexistent for a structure that appears to hover above ground. The subversion of a traditional layout — with parking below and residence above – is a clever adaptation to the landscape and building code that requires parking for at least two vehicles. Not to mention the dramatic architectural shift is both fascinating and functional, which “makes the simple act of arriving home and driving onto the roof of the house – a surprise every time.” Created by Anonymous architects, the Echo Park home is just as nice on the inside, subtly accented by hardwood floors and clean white walls; the reduced design is a physical manifestation of their motto that “good design is as little design as possible.”  Read more on their website.

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Lizzie Wright

Lizzie

​Lizzie Wright is an aspiring artist and designer with a passion for the written word. While she works on her BFA in Industrial Design at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), she spends her (rare) spare time riding around Providence on her trusty Cannondale and drinking lots of coffee. She is especially fascinated by the dichotomy between aesthetic form and function, which has an immense influence on her work. As a lover of the natural world, Lizzie plans to focus on Nature, Culture, and Sustainability Studies to pursue a more efficient future for design. Read more by visiting her website

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