Sobieski House

South Pasadena

Oonagh Ryan as project manager/architect at Koning Eizenberg


Influenced by the family’s informal lifestyle, this 3,750 square foot home is conceived as a series of white plaster boxes housing large flexible spaces that can change use over time.


Sliding between the boxes are a series of burnt cedar wood bars with green roofs housing storage and bathrooms. Circulation is primarily outdoors; each box connects to the large central yard as well as a more private smaller courtyard. This high performance home includes a series of passive sustainable strategies such as hydronic underfloor heating, earth tubes for cooling, solar panels providing both power and domestic hot water.


2012 AIA Los Angeles, Citation

2014 AIA National Housing Award


Published Metropolis, Dec 2011

Published Azure, Jan 2013

Published Los Angeles Times, June 2013

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Photos © Eric Staudenmaier