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Twin Houses on Tiny Lots Stretch Outward for Space

By Dwell @dwell
Brother and Sister homes by Anonymous Architects

While the floor plans are identical, the two story cantilevered houses are offset and have subtle differences in size and height that, along with frosting on some of the windows, enable the owners to retain privacy.

Los Angeles-based firm Anonymous Architects cantilevered side-by-side houses over two steep lots in Los Angeles's Mount Washington neighborhood. Each canyon-side site measures roughly 2,000-square-feet and, once zoning and land-use regulations were taken into account, left room for a maximum footprint of just 600-square-feet for each building.

However, as the building code did allow small projections outside their envelopes, architect Simon Storey “bumped out” five bay windows in each house, adding an additional 100-square-feet in the form of bench seating and sleeping space for guests.

“Building small but sensibly is essentially more sustainable than anything else you can do,” says Storey.

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