Perched near the top of a Silver Lake hillside, the house responds to the site and the city through its transparent southern exposure. The house employs passive solar design and other low tech materials of climate control. The open south elevation allows panoramic views of the Los Angeles basin.The horizontal projections provide visual balance to the immense trunk and limbs of the ash tree, for which the house is named. Redwood siding clads the overhangs and and defines the transition between the interior and exterior.Jeffrey Allsbrook is founding principal of Standard llp Architects. He received a BS in Architecture from the Ohio State University and a Master of Architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture. He also studied architecture at the St�delschule in Frankurt, Germany and at the Berlage Institute in Amsterdam. Mr. Allsbrook�s built and theoretical work has been featured in numerous publications both nationally and internationally. In addition to his professional work, he is committed to architectural education and research. He has maintained a faculty position at the University of Southern California since 1999, where he continues to teach architectural design studios. Mr. Allsbrook has presented lectures on Standard�s work and his research on Le Corbusier, as well as juried reviews at USC, SCI Arc, UCLA, Otis College and Rice University. Prior to forming Standard, Mr. Allsbrook was a designer at Munkenbeck and Marshall in London, and a project architect for Mack Architects in Los Angeles.Located at 3521 Dahlia Avenue in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles.

A large ash tree envelopes the house, creating a microclimate. A partially concealed post and beam structure modulates the exterior and allows openings to span from floor to ceiling. The second story bears on thins stainless steel columns and cantilevers over a concrete deck, which in turn cantilevers over the slope. The horizontal layering of the roof and floors extend the interior and engages the space under the tree. Located at 351 Dahlia Avenue in the Silver Lake district of Los Angeles.Silvia Kuhle, a licensed architect and founding principal of Standard, received her Diploma in architecture from the Technische Universit�t in Darmstadt, Germany and her Master of Architecture from Columbia University in New York.Ms. Kuhle worked with Morphosis Architects for more then ten years. As Project Manager and Principal, she managed a broad range of award winning educational, institutional, governmental, cultural and residential projects. In 2006 she managed the firm�s competition winning design for the Phare Tower in Paris, a 300 meter commercial office building that aims to set new benchmarks for sustainable design while providing an iconic landmark in the Parisian skyline. Ms. Kuhle led many of the firm�s most celebrated projects, including the third phase of the Hypo Alpe-Adria Bank in Klagenfurt, Austria, the Caltrans District 7 Headquarters in Los Angeles and the New Academic Building for the Cooper Union in New York City. As Project Architect, she was responsible for the Long Beach International Elementary School and the Children�s Museum Los Angeles.

Ms. Kuhle�s work has been published in A+U, Architectural Record, SOMA, Columbia University Abstract, and SD. Ms. Kuhle taught design studios at UCLA, as well as lectured and juried reviews at SciArc, UCLA, USC and Cornell University. Ms. Kuhle was awarded 1st place for her master plan of a sustainable housing and industrial development in Augsburg, Germany and also won 1st prize for the design of a light rail station in Dortmund, Germany.