Banyan Drive Treehouse
Part office/studio, part recreational getaway, this unique project is located at the base of a large pine tree in the backyard of a canyon residence. The client is an artist and lover of nature so the Banyon Drive Treehouse, perched twelve feet off the ground, will serve as a creative respite from the demands of domestic responsibilities.
Though modest in size, the plan is efficient and allows for a studio space/living area and a toilet room. Deep-oiled wood siding, mahogany windows, and a Rheinzink roof were chosen for their natural qualities and rich palette.
Status: Completed in 2009
Project Size: 170 s.f.
Architectural Team: Christopher Kempel, AIA, Rocky Rockefeller, AIA, Bridget Zimniski
Photography: Eric Staudenmaier
Press: Home Magazine, NBC's Open House, Architecture Durable, Architecture Intérieure Créé Magazine, SaB Magazine, Architectural Record Online, California Home + Design, Vårtnya Hus Magazine, Builder News Magazine, Forbes Life, Details Magazine, C3 Magazine, Dwell Magazine Online, and dozens of blogs
Inspired by the rough, tactile charm of shoreline shacks, our client commissioned us to reinterpret a “modern beach home.” Consequently, the design draws its personality from the site’s proximity to the Pacific Ocean and prominent position on the corner of a Manhattan Beach walk-street. A centrally located courtyard garden heightens the classic indoor-outdoor connection to the communal spaces of the first floor and brings warmth and light to the bedrooms and office on the floor above. A gentle wood stair, punctured by glass slots, encourages additional views and moments of sunshine as visitors ascend to the third floor. This final space, complete with a wet bar and spacious deck, satisfies our clients’ natural affinity for lounging beneath Southern California sunsets.
Status: Completed in 2012
Project Size: 4,941 s.f.
Architectural Team: Christopher Kempel, AIA, Rocky Rockefeller, AIA, Keith Ireland, AIA, Bridget Zimniski, Anthony Laney
Drawing from the heritage of a traditional farmhouse, this modern residence expresses the beauty of a home both classic and contemporary, orthodox and original.
Status: Design Phase
Project Size: 7,220 s.f.
Architectural Team: Christopher Kempel, AIA, Rocky Rockefeller, AIA,
Anthony Laney, AIA, Michelle Ackerman
Set at the highest point of a forest clearing in the beautiful Willamette Valley, this modern residence is designed to both frame expansive valley views and revel in the mystical shelter of layered pine trees.
Status: Design Phase
Project Size: 7,660 s.f.
Architectural Team: Christopher Kempel, AIA, Rocky Rockefeller, AIA, Keith Ireland, AIA, Anthony Laney, Beatriz Yuan