Levine is working with a Dione Neutra, the son of Richard Neutra, and the local real estate agent Charlie Clark to save the Eagle Rock Rec Center, a nearly forgotten building by one of the founders of California Modernism. Also known as the Eagle Rock Play House, the walls on the sides of the building roll up like garage doors, connecting the inside to outside and the surrrounding community.
Articles in the Los Angeles Times and TV channel KCET have accelerated a new appreciation of the building.
The owners wanted to use as much vivid color as possible with as much sustainable materials and technology as possible. After searching for a color scheme, I stumbled upon an art exhibition of the artists Kenneth Nolan and Joseph Albers at the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena. Together with the clients, we chose a painting that evoked the dynamic play of colors and used it as inspiration for the house. The house utilizes solar power, grey water recycling, rain water capture, passive cooling, natural daylighting, and recycled wood floors. For the owners, the house has become a model of sustainable design they share with their students at Occidental College.
A pro-bono project for the non-profit Side Street Projets to convert 2 shipping containers into a mobile woodshop class rooms. The walls and canopy fold down to connect the containers.
The sides of the containers fold down, doubling or tripling the size of the floor area. The workbenches wheels are unlocked and rolled out onto the decks. The Container Woodshops close up at night back into their secure steel box. Side Street Projects – Mobile Education.