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SelgasCano and Diego Cano wrap La Canaria House with recycled aluminum colourful tubes in LA

United States Architecture News - Apr 02, 2024 - 10:20   1645 views

SelgasCano and Diego Cano wrap La Canaria House with recycled aluminum colourful tubes in LA

Spanish architecture practice SelgasCano and Diego Cano have built a house wrapped by recycled aluminum colourful tubes in Los Angeles hills in the United States.

Named La Canaria, the 340-square-metre house is located in Mount Washington, a suburb in the hills of north-east Los Angeles. The house, situated on a steep slope, offers sweeping 180° views towards the Elysian Valley.

SelgasCano and Diego Cano wrap La Canaria House with recycled aluminum colourful tubes in LA

The two-storey house acts like a reflection of the horizon, and golden is the color of the LA sunset, according to the architects.

SelgasCano and Diego Cano wrap La Canaria House with recycled aluminum colourful tubes in LA

Its distinctive feature is a large outdoor terrace that has the same size with the interior space: in Los Angeles, like everywhere with a mild climate, the exterior ultimately becomes just as important as the interior-people live outdoors and indoors, without any clear distinction. 

SelgasCano and Diego Cano wrap La Canaria House with recycled aluminum colourful tubes in LA

"From here, one can see downtown LA, the Echo Park hills, Silver Lake, Griffith Park and Hollywood; and overlook the Los Angeles River, three freeways (5, 2 and 110), and the railway line running through Los Angeles State Park," said SelgasCano. 

"Elysian Valley is the true city center of LA, both geographical and symbolic; geographical since it is equidistant to the ocean and the mountains (the two physical borders of Los Angeles) and symbolic since the city was founded by the river in 1781 by Spanish Governor Felipe de Neve as “El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles del Río Porciúncula” (Town of Our Lady the Queen of the Angels of the Porciuncula River) over the settlement of the Tongva people, who called the place Iyáangaʾ, meaning "the valley of smoke”, maybe as a reference to the smog that naturally occurs due to the atmospheric inversion layer," the office added.

SelgasCano and Diego Cano wrap La Canaria House with recycled aluminum colourful tubes in LA

Due to the steep lot that faces southwest in Los Angeles, everything looks to the sunset, like its most famous boulevard-making a necessity to shelter the house from the strong sunlight, as the architects said.

Based on the contextual parameters, the studio worked with these two distinct factors: first, maintaining and encouraging the 180° horizontal views, and second, maximising the home's protection from the constant sun. 

Moreover, the architects created an outdoor device that veils all the interior and exterior spaces, it functions as an independent device that provides shelter from the sun and frames the views. 

SelgasCano and Diego Cano wrap La Canaria House with recycled aluminum colourful tubes in LA

"This covering makes a powerful impact on the house, wraps completely around it, and frames the view in the large terrace," the studio added.

The façade element has been made from recycled aluminum tubes painted in different colors. The goal of this element is to be a 'wrapper' to be embraced by nature.

SelgasCano and Diego Cano wrap La Canaria House with recycled aluminum colourful tubes in LA

According to the studio, it was aimed "to change the image of the house over time, with various creepers, bushes and trees, and specially 10 palm trees of three different varieties planted inside it, poking through and colonizing the Canary-yellow shading device (cage) as the real residents of it." 

"Perhaps —sometimes this idea has been mentioned to us - this project is an attempt to create a clear association of ideas with the best of the classical Los Angeles architecture, playful between horizontals and verticals and open views."

SelgasCano and Diego Cano wrap La Canaria House with recycled aluminum colourful tubes in LA

The studio added the third factor later: to build a very special home, with handmade details, with custom made materials, but trying to build them in an affordable way, since the usual price of construction in LA is very expensive, and even more if you try to create unique details for every corner. 

With this in mind, everything inside was planned strictly and tightly, dimensions and materials, considering the cost of each element and material at all times. 

SelgasCano and Diego Cano wrap La Canaria House with recycled aluminum colourful tubes in LA

The design team drew all the details, outdoor cover, walls, floors, ceilings, kitchen and furniture, and prefabricated everything outside Los Angeles to bring it later in two containers and install everything in a few non-stop weeks.

They call Los Angeles "The most exquisite invented garden in history". In this land without water, where everything grows and there are millions of plants and people, one of the most beautiful aspects is its artificiality. 

SelgasCano and Diego Cano wrap La Canaria House with recycled aluminum colourful tubes in LA

And this house is undoubtedly also an attempt to work on that way, making everything — the plants, the palm trees, the wood, the aluminum tubes, the shadows and ultimately the home, the Canary cage - simply one thing: one same thing, dense, but lightweight, but new, but, mainly, familiar to the LA landscape.

SelgasCano and Diego Cano wrap La Canaria House with recycled aluminum colourful tubes in LA

SelgasCano and Diego Cano wrap La Canaria House with recycled aluminum colourful tubes in LA

SelgasCano and Diego Cano wrap La Canaria House with recycled aluminum colourful tubes in LA

SelgasCano and Diego Cano wrap La Canaria House with recycled aluminum colourful tubes in LA

SelgasCano and Diego Cano wrap La Canaria House with recycled aluminum colourful tubes in LA

SelgasCano and Diego Cano wrap La Canaria House with recycled aluminum colourful tubes in LA

SelgasCano and Diego Cano wrap La Canaria House with recycled aluminum colourful tubes in LA

SelgasCano and Diego Cano wrap La Canaria House with recycled aluminum colourful tubes in LA

SelgasCano and Diego Cano wrap La Canaria House with recycled aluminum colourful tubes in LA

SelgasCano and Diego Cano wrap La Canaria House with recycled aluminum colourful tubes in LA

SelgasCano and Diego Cano wrap La Canaria House with recycled aluminum colourful tubes in LA

SelgasCano and Diego Cano wrap La Canaria House with recycled aluminum colourful tubes in LA

SelgasCano and Diego Cano wrap La Canaria House with recycled aluminum colourful tubes in LA

SelgasCano and Diego Cano wrap La Canaria House with recycled aluminum colourful tubes in LA

Floor plans, sections and elevations 

SelgasCano and Andreu Carulla converted an industrial mechanical workshop into a restaurant in Madrid. Additionally, SelgasCano created a bulbous-formed food market with transparent ETFE membrane at Design District in London.

Project facts

Project name: La Canaria House

Architects: SelgasCano (José Selgas, Lucía Cano) + Diego Cano

Location: Los Ángeles, California, USA

Date: 2023

Area: 170 m2 + 70 m2 (terrace)

Collaborators: Paolo Tringali

Builder: Juan Santiago

Wood work: Laimar

Joinery: Talleres Cejuela

All images © Iwan Baan.

All drawings © SelgasCano + Diego Cano.

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