Construction Watch: Tattuplex

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Meet architect Tom Marble’s Tattuplex. The steel-framed duplex, cantilevering off a steep hill in LA’s Silver Lake neighborhood is being built for nurse and buddhist-monk-in-training Tim Tattu. The project’s steel frame was fabricated off-site by Ecosteel, allowing it to be bolted together onsite in just a few days. And of course, it has one of the most beautiful construction sites imaginable, overlooking the Silver Lake reservoir. 

Marble started the design with two hexagons. Then he really got to work: “Through more than 70 iterations — what I call fermentations — we pushed and pulled the geometries so as to maximize livability without compromising the concept,” he said. The downstairs will be a one-bedroom apartment, the upstairs will be a studio. Sustainable elements include passive heating and cooling; composting kitchens (and maybe toilets); rainwater cisterns; deep overhangs for shading; a tree orchard and vegetable garden below and a vegetated roof upstairs.The rest of the house should be done  this summer. Stay tuned as we see it finish up.

2 Responses to “Construction Watch: Tattuplex”

  1. Land Snark says:

    Don’t get me wrong; I’m a fan of this project and I live nearby. But I must disabuse any notion that this has “been bolted together in just a few days.” Construction on the frame has been ongoing for months now, with endless banging and sawing. Perhaps major structural members were cut off-site, but it’s been as slow going up as any conventional house I’ve seen. Design is still much a work-in-progress and decisions are yet to be made on several aspects of the house. Still, it will be striking and makes terrific use of a difficult steep site.

  2. reder construction says:

    Looks like a pretty unique design already. The view from the duplex should be great too. Post some photos once it’s finished.

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