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ok, welcome to my oddball l.a architectural blog, installment #2.


and this instalment might seem especially odd, as it’s not a terribly remarkable or architecturally significant house. it’s not mid century, it’s not grand, but it’s emblematic of the decontextualized randomness of architecture in los angeles.


see, it’s a simple country house. it’s pretty and bucolic. it’s got a nicely pitched roof to keep the snow off. and it’s egregiously unremarkable. except for the fact that it’s smack dab in the middle of a sprawling sub-tropical megalopolis of 15,000,000 people.


most urban architecture looks like urban architecture, be it old or new. you look at an old stone or brick building or a new soaring steel and glass skyscraper and you know you’re looking at a building in a city. but in l.a the urban architecture looks like, well, anything (although rarely does urban architecture in l.a actually resemble anything conventionally known or referred to as urban).


so here’s a perfect little country house with thatched roof and leaded windows.


i could lie and say that i took it while hiking through the cotswolds. but:


1-i’ve never been hiking through (or in) (or on) the cotswolds.


and 2-it was taken saturday afternoon in studio city in north hollywood surrounded by 15,000,000 people.



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Taken on January 30, 2012