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Cohen Residence

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Location
Los Angeles, CA
Type
Single-Family Residential
Size
6,000 sq ft
Completed
2013
Photographer
Jim Bartsch

A Hollywood Writer’s Family Treehouse

With an established Hollywood career and a busy family, Etan Cohen looked to create a space that served both as a creative home office and as a playful refuge for his wife and kids. Having written screenplays such as Tropic Thunder, Madagascar, and Get Hard, Cohen’s comedic and approachable personality served as inspiration for the AA design team.

The space is configured as a loft-like modern treehouse with an inverted floorplan, positioning the primary living spaces on the top floor for maximum light exposure.

 

Glass is a prominent material used throughout the residence, seen from the very top of the structure in the form of expansive skylights and layered all the way down through the various levels of walkways.  Not only does this articulate volume, but it also allows the natural light to stream through all levels of the home

Cohen is a collaborator and he wanted his space to support a communal and creative environment. On the basement level is his home office – which embraces the more industrial aesthetic of the surrounding building materials. The space is graced with natural light that trickles down through the home’s transparent layers, something unusual for a basement. 

 

A separate entrance allows people to come and go without disturbing the household. The walls are adorned with posters of the movies Cohen has accomplished throughout the years. The office also features a private screening room.