Sean Briski Residence, Sean Briski, Architect 2006, a photo by Michael Locke on Flickr.
Architect Sean Briski’s 2006 personal residence in Silver Lake follows a Los Angeles tradition of architectural experimentation. Rejecting the current fashion in architecture, described by the architect as “warmed-over Modernism”, the house explores the use of new and recycled materials in unconventional ways: Truck tire treads, left behind by big rigs and salvaged from the freeway, and foam packing materials are sandwiched between panels of glass, dimming the sunlight on the western wall. Roll the lounge chairs away and you’re in the middle of a basketball court; with three basketball hoops mounted on the loft wall. Unfinished concrete walls, exposed trusses and I-beams give the house a solid, industrial look.
The house is built on four levels with all rooms having views of Mt. Baldy. The garage and a separate studio apartment are located on the top level, ideal for a home office. The second level consists of two bedrooms separated by a full bath and an open loft, which overlooks the main floor. The two-story, main floor is an open floor plan with living, dining, kitchen and family room. A large, tri-fold window and balconies provide fresh air and bring the outdoors in. A movable wall separates a private conversation area and built-in desk from the living room/activity space. On the lower level, a Master Bedroom with en suite bath and fabulous outdoor room complete the picture.
The outdoor areas feature a large, flat yard, lush landscaping, shaded seating and barbeque areas, drought-resistant native plants, automatic sprinklers, large garden shed and a rainwater collection container.
If all this sounds complex, it is! This unique house must be seen to be appreciated. NOTE: The house went on the market on May 6, 2011 and was in escrow on May 8, 2011.