A Behind the Scenes Look at The Bridge House and Baldwin Hardware Collaboration

01/22/2021 17:24:04
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*This blog is written from the perspective of Dan Brunn the writer of the post. 

Dan Brunn, AIA, founded his Los Angeles-based firm, Dan Brunn Architecture, in 2005. Widely published, Dan’s work includes all retail, hospitality, cultural, and residential projects. The architect utilizes provocative spatial choreography to harmonize light with volume. For more information about the Bridge House, please visit: https://www.bridgehousela.com/home.

Every idea I conceptualize to design a new building is always focused on creating a harmonious connection to the environment in which it is situated. But creating those connections doesn’t stop with the merging of the building to its surroundings and environment; it carries over to the vendors I collaborate with to bring a project to life. The Bridge House was no different when the opportunity presented itself for me to build this house to function harmoniously with the natural environment of the property.

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As I looked for different vendors to work with on this project, it was absolutely critical that I found companies that could deliver results and excellent service to my team, but also to the homeowners. Connection and harmony are both parts of my ethos as an architect, and I carry that through all aspects of a project. The companies my firm collaborates with have to align with that mission and ethos in order for there to be a nurturing partnership.

Collaborating with Baldwin Hardware to find the perfect finishes for the doors to the Bridge House was an obvious choice from the outset. The level of service and dedication provided by Baldwin Hardware is unparalleled, both to the professional teams they work with and the homeowners. They also have a diverse catalog that allows my team and myself to find the perfect accents to complement my designs, while also meeting the demands of the homeowners.

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Conceptualizing this house to bridge the land on both sides of the brook was inspired from my experiences as a child. I grew up in Tel Aviv, which has greatly impacted my eco-consciousness and appreciation of the importance and sacredness of water. This has contributed to the way I approach architecture; it should respect the site it is built upon while provoking a sensuous interaction with the environment surrounding it. The Bridge House is unique in the way in which it is situated on the property; there is no front or back yard. It is designed to ensure that no matter which direction you look out from, you experience all the elements of nature that surround you.

That feeling and sense of being connected with nature has to extend to even the smallest details of the house. There were two specific products we used from Baldwin: the Minneapolis Touchscreen Electronic Deadbolt and the Estate 5162 Lever. My core design philosophy for every project is being able to tactfully hide mechanics within the architecture. Both these door finishes provide a sleek design while enhancing modernity with functionality now, as well as in the future.

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Photo Credits:
Dan Brunn (DBA)
Jermaine Garcia 

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