The Bojanic House by Martin Fenlon Architecture

The Bojanic House by Martin Fenlon Architecture 4

What started out as a relatively minor remodel of a modest bungalow evolved over the course of construction into a new 2,500 s.f. house, with the existing foundation and footprint as the only original elements. The Bojanics acted as owner-builders, keeping construction costs to a bare minimum. The end result was a uniquely collaborative effort; one where the design was worked out on a day-to-day basis during construction in a manner that bordered on improvisation.

The site is at the top of the hills of Sherman Oaks, just under the Mulholland ridgeline, and affords a spectacular view of the San Fernando Valley. The Bojanics wanted a house that would not only take advantage of the view, but also maintain the more traditional role of a house as a private, protective shelter. This somewhat contradictory request presented a challenge. The response was an open plan of spaces oriented towards the view, set within a heavy, monolithic mass which provides the necessary closure and protectively hovers above. The negotiation of these opposing aspects is most evident in the entrance; a solid wall, with a door weighing hundreds of pounds, becomes the point of entry which is situated within, and counter to, the open glass walls.

The Bojanic House by Martin Fenlon Architecture

The Bojanic House by Martin Fenlon Architecture 1

The Bojanic House by Martin Fenlon Architecture 2

The Bojanic House by Martin Fenlon Architecture 3

The Bojanic House by Martin Fenlon Architecture 5