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03.21.14 – Michael Piper and colleagues at Dub Studios preserve and enhance historic L.A. home

A beautiful renovation and addition to a Los Angeles home — the house where renowned poet, playwright and theatre director Bertolt Brecht wrote “The Caucasian Chalk Circle,” and other plays in the 1940s — was recently featured in the Los Angeles Times. Dub Studios, the firm of Assistant Professor Michael Piper, designed the expanded family home.

From the Los Angeles Times:

So after architect Gabriel Sandoval and principals Natalya Kashper and Michael Piper renovated the Brecht house, they worked with the landmark commission to design and build the addition alongside the original structure. The new building stretches from the front of the site, on what was once the garage, to the back of the 12,000-square-foot property. They call the addition "the Bar" for its long and slender shape.

Though the addition is understated in front, in back it is enlivened by glass walls that connect it to outdoor dining and living areas, lush landscaping and a pool. The floor-to-ceiling glass is a modern juxtaposition to the more traditional exterior of the Brecht house.

Inside the sun-filled first floor of the new home, the outdoors is always present. From here, the family can watch Leah swim or Alek pick blueberries in the garden.

Two years after breaking ground, the new compound stands largely as envisioned: It's an open, sunny and surprisingly quiet environment deeply in unison with the outdoors.

For the full article, the Los Angeles Times website.