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Friday, October 31, 2014

Got no garage? Why not park on the roof?

Echo Park architect Simon Storey, whose novel residential designs include a 15-foot-wide black box and a house with a tree growing through the roof, has attracted attention yet again with another neighborhood project, a sleek gray cube with rooftop parking.

The recently completed two-bedroom home, perched on 1600 block of Landa Street in the Elysian Heights section of Echo Park, was featured in High Snobiety, a fashion and design website.   Storey’s Car Park House takes it cue from other mid-century, hillside homes that include rooftop parking at street level, with living spaces below.  Storey’s rooftop parking deck, which doubles as  an outdoor living area, is reached by a small bridge connected to Landa Street, a narrow, winding lane near Echo Park Avenue.  A stairway off to the side of the roof provides access to the story-house below.  Storey told High Snobiety:

“The inversion moves the typical ground floor of the house up on the roof, and makes the simple act of arriving home and driving onto the roof of the house a surprise every time.”

Storey has included roof top parking for several new homes proposed nearby on Rosebud Avenue but that project has run in delays at the city’s planning department.

Short bridge connects home with Landa Street.

Carport at the top of rooftop garage. Square boxes contain skylights.



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10 comments

  1. I like the design, but I wonder how much it cost to build. More specifically, how deep did they have to pour those concrete pylons/footings and how much did that portion of the construction cost?

  2. Those piles probably go about 15 feet into bedrock. They probably cost about $8k each.

  3. i used to live on that section of landa…nice house, nice views, but there’s a direct line of sight to the 5 freeway at the base of that hill, with nothing to block the sound. the freeway noise is LOUD, and never-ending. it will drive you batty after a bit.

    • I used to live back there too (just above Landa, below E.P. Ave) and can attest that the noise from the 5 does indeed drive you insane after awhile. Maybe in a new house with thick windows it’s more bearable — we were living in a 100-year old shack.

  4. I do know this street quite well – it’s NARROW and very curvy – totally substandard hillside street – no curbs, gutters or sidewalks. Take a close look at that last photo with the driveway & street. The necessary guard rails to keep you from falling off the driveway will make turns in & out of the driveway risky (as in damaging your car) to all but the extremely precise driver. That retaining wall across the street makes it even more difficult. Kudos for trying something new – but architects really need to live with in designs for a few years to ensure form follows function. And buyer beware – that driveway will become the turnaround point for everyone lost on that part of Landa.

    • Jaded’s on the case. Buyer: You are going to ruin your car hitting the guard rails, and make sure you put up signs telling your neighbors not to use your driveway as a turnaround point. In fact, you should just move out. It looks dangerous.

  5. Isn’t that the house where the Howard Stern Birthday Bash Party is happening?

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