At a ranch house renovation in Los Angeles, architects Jeff Allsbrook and Silvia Kuhle used the existing home's L-shaped footprint and laid out two long rooms—a living area and a kitchen—that blend the social hubs of the house into the natural environment.
Everything about this charred cedar cabin in Alaska centers on the natural setting. “It was important to have every room look to Mount McKinley, which is the ultimate view in Alaska,” says the architect. To do so, they created a long, lean, L-shaped house.
Local firm Archiblox sought to situate this four-module prefab off the Australian coastline to enjoy the changing seasons. According to architect Bill McCorkell, the L-shaped footprint “[braces] the dwelling from the predominant winter winds from the southeast.” The full-glazed façade faces the north, trapping the angles from the northern sun.
In an effort to create an abundance of light and air flow throughout the space, this family oasis in Mexico City follows an L-shaped floor plan that wraps around outdoor areas.
Margaret Riley’s 1957 ranch house near Los Angeles's celebrated midcentury neighborhood Crestwood Hills had little going for it, beyond a pleasing L-shaped floor plan. So, in 2008, she hired architect Cory Buckner to devise an addition and remodel inspired by the icons nearby. The renovation added a second floor, butterfly roof, redwood siding, vertical louvers, Douglas fir ceilings, elm built-ins, and sliding glass doors–all of which appear original.