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A hallway-library is a bridge to their new master suite.

The problem became part of the solution in the remodel of this house in Pacific Palisades, California. The owners wanted to add a one-story master suite to the rear, but the garage--also at the back--was an obstacle. A ground-floor addition would have blocked access to the garage. Adding a floor to the house would have forced the owners to move out during construction. Los Angeles architect David Kellen proposed putting the addition on top of the garage. And he proposed to link it to the house with a stairway-bridge from the breakfast area. Though connected to the existing house, the addition is separate and private; this separation minimized disruptions during construction. Kellen treated the bridge as a kind of hallway-library, with bookshelves and windows on both sides. The bridge corridor continues into the center of the addition, terminating in the high-ceilinged bedroom--siting area. Opening off the central spine of the bridge are a bathroom with a separate changing area, and a walk-in closet. A skylight turns the corridor into a source of light for the adjoining rooms.
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