• BONE Structure | Dan Brunn Architecture - Bridge House

BRIDGE HOUSE
by Dan Brunn Architecture


Dan Brunn, AIA, Principal of Dan Brunn Architecture has designed a one-of-a kind “bridge house,” that bridges, literally, over a stream. The 4,500-square-foot home serves as a demonstration of innovative systems and forward-thinking processes. The design exemplifies Brunn’s signature minimalist aesthetic evident in dynamic spatial choreography of light and volume.

BONE Structure | Dan Brunn Architecture - Bridge House

Photography by Brandon Shigeta and Dan Brunn.

  • BONE Structure | Dan Brunn Architecture - Bridge House

Dwell, Dan Brunn & BONE Structure
collaborate in Los Angeles

In partnership with Dwell, Dan Brunn Architecture is bringing a new kind of residence to Hancock Park in Los Angeles. Bridge House stretches 210 feet across the grounds, straddling a brook in an architectural maneuver that gives the project its name. When principal Dan Brunn purchased the property, his initial plan had been to renovate the existing home. The seeds of Bridge House were sown, however, when he visited the Breakers in Newport, Rhode Island. Though the Italian Renaissance-style mansion that was the Vanderbilt family’s summer retreat is a far cry from the modern profile of Bridge House, it sparked an idea for Brunn.

BONE Structure | Dan Brunn Architecture - Bridge House
  • BONE Structure | Dan Brunn Architecture - Bridge House

Unique Possibilities
thanks to the BONE Structure® Construction System


“The precision is so evident and so clear, it is like seeing the inside of a Swiss watch.”

– Dan Brunn, Dan Brunn Architecture

BONE Structure | Dan Brunn Architecture - Bridge House

Bridge House is BONE Structure’s first built project in the City of Los Angeles. To streamline the construction from start to finish, Dan Brunn Architecture has teamed up with local contractor, MODAA Construction. DBA and MODAA recently completed two consecutive projects in Los Angeles and see the Bridge House as an opportunity to learn the BONE Structure system together.

  • BONE Structure | Dan Brunn Architecture - Bridge House
BONE Structure | Dan Brunn Architecture - Bridge House

“I fell in love with the motor court and entry,” says Brunn. “Back at the site, I started with a motor court, and the bridge evolved because of the structure. I could go right over the river instead of biasing the whole house on one side.” The river forms a natural division for public and private spaces in the residence, marking the point where one circulation transitions into another: “Instead of a first floor and second floor, you think of it in terms of length.”

BONE Structure | Dan Brunn Architecture - Bridge House
BONE Structure | Dan Brunn Architecture - Bridge House
  • BONE Structure | Dan Brunn Architecture - Bridge House

“I started with a motor court, and the bridge evolved because of the structure. I could go right over the river instead of biasing the whole house on one side.”

– Dan Brunn, Dan Brunn Architecture

Dan Brunn Architecture prides itself on the economy and efficiency of its designs, so the firm was eager to incorporate BONE Structure’s steel system in Bridge House. Combining classic post-and-beam structure with energy-efficient solutions, BONE Structure delivers a flexible, durable, and sustainable product. “Building construction technology is so far behind, and we haven’t really progressed,” says Brunn, “so we were excited by the prospect working with BONE Structure.”

BONE Structure | Dan Brunn Architecture - Bridge House
  • BONE Structure | Dan Brunn Architecture - Bridge House
BONE Structure | Dan Brunn Architecture - Bridge House
BONE Structure | Dan Brunn Architecture - Bridge House
BONE Structure | Dan Brunn Architecture - Bridge House
  • BONE Structure | Dan Brunn Architecture - Bridge House

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