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November 2014
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Topic of the Month: A Dramatic Modern Hillside Home in Los Angeles, CA

Architectural Firm of the Month: Unruh Boyer Architects

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Unruh Boyer, an Architecture, Interior Design and Planning firm, have their offices in the historic Ain/Garrott building in Silverlake, Los Angeles. Principals Antony Unruh and Trish Boyer have a strong background in residential projects from renovations and additions to complete home and interior design. Central to the firm's philosophy is that their design is generated by the needs of the client and the relationship and connections to the surrounding environment. They actively encourage their clients to consider sustainability, environmental issues, and utilize healthy materials where possible. Commercial projects include restaurants, law offices, condominium renovation, post production and recording studios.

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By the time architect Tony Unruh of Unruh Boyer Architects was asked to work on a modern residence on a steep hillside in Los Angeles, CA, many unfortunate additions had been made to the home, changing its look entirely. The house was originally built by Swedish furniture designer and architect Greta Grossman, but over the years the character of the house had been completely altered by well-meaning, albeit misguided homeowners. When Unruh recently stepped in, he created a jewel of a home that is perhaps one of the most successful facelifts in the City of Angels.


The Waynecrest Project, Unruh explains, "was extensively reworked in the mid 1960's. The whole thing had been blown apart and we put it back together and in some ways that was probably better for me because then I got to put a little bit more of my touch in it. We tore down all the additions that were done and we kept very little of the original, but followed the original roof line and made the house much bigger than it had been. The idea was to try to keep some of the original Greta Grossman spirit, so we used a lot of the same materials that she used, such as mahogany wood and copper cladding which is mostly on the street side, which isn't as dramatic as the back side of the house. The house now has three levels."


"The style and intent is not that different. We took that early modernist style from the late 1940's and we kept that and expanded upon it. We kept the notion of the old frame windows and didn't use new modern aluminum sliders all over the place, although we did put a couple of those in. The post and beam structure was kept. That is difficult to do today because the structural requirements are much more stringent now than they used to be because of earthquakes. So we used steel columns instead of wood, but we made them look as if they were wood columns."


To take advantage of the steep site, the building was tiered to the hill to create outdoor living spaces on every level. Unruh explains, "The original house had a small deck and we expanded that deck and then put retaining walls below to create a garden and a swimming pool in the downstairs area. The pool was attached to the building footings so it is under a portion of the house, over the edge of the hill." Outdoor lighting was added to help define the space and create atmosphere.


"We're very interested in modern contemporary design. Modern is the reference to the early modernism of architecture and contemporary is the current. We try to bring that modern style and we try to warm it up and make it a little more contemporary while maintaining the sense of being in an early modern style house. A lot of our projects are like that. A lot of other projects are a little more contemporary. We use woods, steel, concrete and a lot of glass, mostly a lot of windows especially because of the California climate. We try and bring that into the house and have a sense of inside and outside. It also helps to make the spaces feel a lot larger than they are."


Unruh's favorite part of the project is the part that probably most architects look forward to, which is seeing their clients happy living in the completed house. Unruh adds, "The clients all appreciate the effort and the goal. Every one of these projects is quite intimate in that we get to know a lot about our clients and their needs and desires, and the design is founded on that. The most favorite part is everyone loving this house once they moved in."
Helpful Links for Architects

AIA Custom Residential Architects Network (CRAN) 
The Custom Residential Architects Network (CRAN), a Knowledge Community of The American Institute of Architects, is committed to the promotion of all residential architecture based on architectural content irrespective of style. For more information visit:  

AIA Interior Architecture Knowledge Community

The AIA Interior Architecture Knowledge Community provides leadership and expertise to practitioners of interior architecture and design, working cooperatively with its members and other interiors organizations to address relevant, timely practice issues, markets, and trends, such as licensing, liability, environmental, and technological considerations. Through the Interior Architecture Knowledge Community, important links are maintained with allied professionals, service providers, and manufacturers. If you wish to become a member of the AIA Interior Architecture Knowledge Community, call AIA Member Services at 800-242-3837, or visit: 


Architect Online's Continuing Education Center
Architect Online's Online Continuing Education Center gives professionals a convenient way to earn necessary continuing education credits without having to set foot in a classroom. The courses listed, sponsored by the companies noted, are accessible from anywhere you can establish an online connection. Just register, read the required material, and then take the test, either through a downloadable mail-in form, or free via a secure online connection, depending on the course. You'll be able to maintain your professional credentials, at your pace, and at a location that works for you. Visit:


Architectural Record Continuing Education Center
Architectural Record magazine has a free Continuing Education Center where architects can earn AIA Continuing Education Credits online. Visit:

Architectural Record Discussion Forums
The McGraw Hill Construction Community, publisher of Architectural Record, has provided architects with a forum to express ideas, opinions, suggestions, and gripes. The discussion forums are open to all, and include topics such as Green Building Projects, Virtual Design, Practice Matters and a forum for younger architects. Visit:

CORA - Congress of Residential Architecture 
CORA is a grass root organization that encourages our members to participate in the dialog of improving residential architecture in a way that suits them best. The purpose of the CORA is to provide a continuing forum for advocating and enhancing residential architecture by all individuals, both professionals and non-professionals, that share a common interest in improving the quality of the homes and communities we live in. Visit: 

The Green Meeting Industry Council
The Green Meeting Industry Council (GMIC) is a non profit 501(c)(6) membership-based organization. Their goal is to encourage collaboration within the meetings industry toward the development of green standards that will improve the environmental performance of meetings and events on a global basis. The GMIC is the only professional green meetings organization that is a member of the Convention Industry Council. For more information visit: 

The World Architecture Community
The World Architecture Community invites all architects to create a free profile on their website. The World Architecture Portal is a unique comprehensive international directory and catalog of contemporary architecture where all architects, scholars and institutions may submit their work and links to share with colleagues from around the world.
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Liz Benton, Editor 
Glacier Blue® Architectural Topics & News
Devonian Stone of New York, Inc.

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