Dan Brunn Architecture is an architecture firm founded in 2005 that has advanced residential and commercial projects worldwide. Dan Brunn, founder of the firm, born in Israel and raised in Los Angeles. He believes in designing projects that are responsive to the environment and arouse sensuous bonds with its users.
Dan finished his undergraduate at USC in 2001 and his master’s degree at Harvard University in 2005. Before establishing his firm, Dan was Lead Project Designer at JFAK, where he served as project architect on the National AIA award-winning design of the Los Angeles Design Center.
As a young architect, he has done a variety of projects, and here are 15 projects of Dan Brunn Architecture.
1. Bridge House / Dan Brunn Architecture
Dan Brunn has reflected his open-minded perspective in the Bridge House project. This 210 feet long house crosses the river by a gentle architectural maneuver. When the architect purchased the property there was an Italian Renaissance-style mansion in the area. Even though the initial idea was renovating the mansion, its style far away from the Bridge House’s modernist manner.
The idea of using the stream as a public and private space separator evokes a new approach in an architectural understanding. The way of residence gets sunlight and corporates with the environment, makes this house the epitome of sustainable and environmentally responsive thinking.
2. Road to Awe
The flagship store of Road to Awe is a renovated 1,200 feet-square-meter building. Architect wisely played with the old building’s shape and managed to design something modern and modest. Building greeting street from three sides with it’s angled black facades. While angled facades are making the building more visible, it is also preserving the store’s minimalist design of the exterior. At the merchandising windows, transparency decreased to evoke curiosity and increase the exclusive atmosphere.
Inside, a minimalist approach is maintained by features like concrete floor, black steel beams, and black mirror. While concrete and black color preference creates a cold environment, wood surfaces selections often affect the air of the interior. An interior garden contributes to softening and calming interior space design.
3. Zig-Zag House
Minimalist thinking’s another example that is Zig-Zag House. The residence is done for a financial manager and aspiring artist. 450 foot-square-meter residence located in the United States, Los Angeles; architect designs deep terraces on the oceanfront to increase outdoor-indoor interaction. The spacious interior design underlines Dan Brunn’s minimalist design style. Also, sustainability ideas were maintained by wide openings and numerous skylights that bring sunlight to the interior.
Yojisan restaurant is located in Beverly Hills, California. Restaurant’s design is inspired by Japanese architecture’s modesty. At the exterior, Japanese style is emphasized by used cedar planks which cover only half of the storefront. Another half of the facade has wide glass windows that expose the interior to the street. When visitors entered restaurant leafy plants hanging from the ceiling greeting visitors. The restaurant is an example of ‘less is more’ perception that is the signature of the Dan Brunn Architecture.
Hideout is a 3,600 square-foot redesigned home/workspace that was formerly designed by Frank Gehry. Instead of removing Gehry’s design, Dan Brunn accomplished to improve it with his minimalistic style. A great example of this is the way he kept the oversized rectangular skylight done by Gehry and added some extra openings according to his way of sustainable and modest perspective.
6. Flip Flop
Sustainability-based design Flip Flop house, Dan Brunn Architect’s one of the most sustainable solutions integrated design. Large overhangs to reduce solar heat gain, building orientation to efficiently use wind pressure for abstaining active cooling and shallow pools, which is located around the house on the ground floor to decrease heating.
7. Hayvenhurst House
Hayvenhurst house, an open floor plan revolved around the fireplace which is located in the middle of the space. The open floor plan allows residents to ventilate the whole floor by passive ventilation and also it allows space to get more sunlight. In open floor plan designs, it is important to provide privacy that is why sliding semi-transparent doors is part of the interior design.
8. Caesarstone Showroom
Caesarstone showroom is another example of how the architect separated private and public areas longitudinally. The main design feature of the design is 120′ long and 15′ tall separator wall. On one side, there is an open plan showroom that gets a lot of sunlight and on the other side, there are spaces for employees (It rooms toilets, storage, staff kitchen).
9. No. 9 Dream
Another renovated house from a typical 1950s Los Angeles Bungalow. It is a single-story home that was designed according to the open floor plan. Wide windows, sheer openness, skylights, and use of neutral color palette are the characteristic features of the architect’s style.
10. Granada Townhomes
Granada Townhomes are the perfect example of minimalism which means every material, space has a function. Brunn’s design perfectly fits the minimalism description of the way he used space. Row exterior far from being simply because of the angled facade. This 1,500 square foot single-family house shows that small scale projects can have a huge impact by taking less space.
11. Coffee for Sasquatch
The Melrose Avenue coffee shop has a mystical and dynamic environment. At the entrance, a mythical figure is greeting visitors which is also the most distinctive design element of the cafe. 11 foot- sasquatch figure is made of brown powder-coated steel. The Centre of the cafe used as a passage that is also accentuated by led lighting on the ceiling. Selected color palette and hanging plants from the ceiling are evoking continuum and fluidity.
12. Positively Negative
A 3-story residence located in Venice, Los Angeles. The architect designed terraces on the beachfront which allow residents to enjoy the sun and ocean view from their home. In this project, Brunn’s design perspective can be seen from well-created depths such as terraces on the beachfront.
A mid-century renovation house transformed into a modern and fresh design with a lot of effort. House has an open floor plan. Brunn accomplished organizing space without using a wall as a divider. The kitchen, living room, and lunchroom revolved around the centered fireplace. Transparency between interior and exterior is integrating them and giving residents a sense of continuum between spaces.
14. The Diplomat
The interior of the residence was designed by the Dan Brunn Architecture. It is a 2,500 square-foot residence located in Wilshire Corridor, Los Angeles. The living room, kitchen, and dining area were planned as an open plan. This allows space to get more sunlight which is overlapping with the architect’s sustainable design thinking.
15. Hedy Bench
Hendy Bench is Brunn’s consumer product that shows the architect’s versatility. This wooden bench also functions as storage with its 2 drawers. On the top of the bench architect used vivid colors that proves the architect’s color scale isn’t limited with soft colors. It was also up for Interior Magazine’s Best of 2016 Award.