Located near Balboa Park in San Diego, this house positions itself as a clean volume of traditional white stucco, a material familiar to the area, and one that reflects the intensity of the Southern California sun. At just 1600 sf, the efficiency of organization is critical.

Project Name: 138 Pavilion House
Studio Name:
Brian O’Brian Architect
San Diego , United States
Photography: Scott Norsworthy

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Living Room ©Scott Norsworthy

The house is conceived as an L in plan with a 12 foot tall Living Room occupying the implied void of the L on the first floor – a sort of pavilion within the house.  The result on the second floor is a series of spaces in constant engagement with light.

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Kitchen ©Scott Norsworthy

A large cedar trellis cantilevers to the South, providing a place of shade from the high Summer sun along the house’s path to the rear deck, but with its blades set on the angle of the Winter solstice, allowing lines of light and shadow to give definition to the surface of the house.

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Bedroom ©Scott Norsworthy

A detached 500 sf companion unit occupies the rear of the property, mimicking the language of the house, and providing a separate dwelling for guests.


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