When computer and software entrepreneur Eric Chu decided to replace his single Los Angeles home with two smaller houses on the same lot, he was faced with the question of how to do this without sacrificing privacy. His architect Whitney Sander came up with the unconventional suggestion of using giant graphic stickers, similar to what they use on city busses, to cover the homes’ exterior glass walls.
Sander designed two three-story houses to fit on the modest lot (150 feet deep but only 40 feet wide), a 2,200 square foot home for Chu and his girlfriend, and a slightly larger home behind for them to rent out. The homes are barely separated by a drive-in courtyard, with huge exterior walls made almost entirely of windows facing each other. Though the stickers allow them to see out from the interior, rather than staring into their neighbor’s home, all they see is a wall of beautiful leaf graphics reflected back at them.
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