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.