Ed Ogosta, AIA, Transforms 1944 Bungalow Into Award-Winning Contemporary Residence

‘Precise Addition’ Provides Expansive Rear Window for Views of Nature


Ed Ogosta’s award-winning design for Rear Window House demonstrates how a thoughtful, strategic intervention can breathe new life into an aging bungalow. Photos (L-R): Steve King; John Ellis. Click here for high-resolution images.

LOS ANGELES: Ed Ogosta, AIA, principal of Edward Ogosta Architecture, an award-winning firm known for its contemporary residential design, has been honored by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Small Project Awards for the design of Rear Window House, a discreet yet decidedly modern addition and remodel to a 1944 bungalow. Ogosta’s minimalist concept for the 1,450-square-foot, single-story residence in Culver City, CA, demonstrates how a thoughtful, strategic intervention can breathe new life into an older home, serve the needs of the contemporary family, and maintain a respectful neighborhood scale. At the 2018 AIA Conference on Architecture in New York City, Ogosta will present the project during the program’s “Renewal” event (Session #TH313) on June 21st at 8:45am inside the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.

Through a careful sequencing of new spaces and strategically located apertures, Rear Window House opens itself up to become deeply integrated with the rear garden. All exterior and interior finishes are unified to create a seamless architectural experience using a restricted material palette of glass, aluminum, wood, asphalt shingles, and concrete. Existing interiors were updated to be simple and bright, with the addition of new skylights, bleached oak floors, and white walls. The master bedroom’s expansive rear window—an extruded aluminum-wrapped enclosure that cantilevers above a small pond—offers the intensely private experience of being surrounded by nature.

“This beautiful and precise addition redefines the historic bungalow,” said the AIA Small Project Awards jury, who recognizes small project practitioners for the high quality of their work regardless of size and budget. Rear Window House was selected as one of only 11 projects from around the country to receive this year’s honor.

Key to Rear Window House’s serene, minimal design was a sensitivity to context to lessen the addition’s impact on the neighborhood. The new volume, entirely skinned with asphalt roofing shingles, maintains the traditional pitched roof slope prevailing in the original home, but with a geometric twist to create an open, tranquil environment.

Influenced by the California Minimalism practiced by the Light and Space movement of the 1960s, Ogosta sought to create moments of clarity that conjure a serene, meditative experience. Strategically placed apertures and skylights bathe the home in intersecting light of varying temperatures, creating a subtle drama and interplay between warm and cool gradients, recalling the experience of a James Turrell Skyspace.

This recognition from the AIA Small Project Awards adds to the project’s growing list of accolades. Rear Window House has been recognized by the AIA Los Angeles chapter with a 2017 Residential Architecture Award, and was a winner of a 2017 American Architecture Prize.

Los Angeles-based Edward Ogosta Architecture, founded in 2011 by Ed Ogosta, AIA, LEED AP, NCARB, specializes in modern dwellings and creative workspace design. Located in Culver City, the office’s mission is to craft a quiet, intelligent architecture with clarity and experiential depth. Ogosta’s expertise includes programming, visioning, planning, and design of a wide range of building types, including cultural facilities, higher education buildings, creative office interiors, museums, high-end residences, and multifamily housing. Since its founding, the office has garnered numerous accolades for its intuitive and contemporary vision of residential design.