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The lighthouse is a micro-building named aptly to reflect its lightweight prefabricated panels that are assembled with attention to minimize environmental impact. Additionally, the asymmetric windows and entryway of the small office space provide ample natural light in the daytime while projecting a warm and inviting glow after sundown. The unique structure rests on industrial casters made to support roll-off dumpsters, allowing for ample flexibility in the space this structure occupies. The designers of the Lighthouse ignored traditional building techniques and philosophies to create something totally new from the ground up — clearly seen from a door with no right angles to a skylight that marries age-old boatbuilding with details they borrowed from a car’s sunroof.

Los Angeles-based designers Kagan Taylor and Justin Rice hope to inspire similar structures into becoming “beacons for those searching for smaller sustainable buildings that embrace contemporary architectural design.”

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In our latest video feature, HYPEBEAST explores the creative mind of Hagy Belzberg -- Founding Principal Architect of Belzberg Architects, located in Santa Monica, California. The group’s award-winning project resume includes the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust; LACMA’s Art Café, Patina Restaurant and Lobby Café at Walt Disney Concert Hall, the luminescent Gores Group Headquarters in Beverly Hills and The Skyline Residence (Pharrell’s Los Angeles home), amongst other imaginative, shape warping structures. Hagy invites us to physically tour the chimerical, yet very real “Tree Top Residence,” before welcoming us to his office where we learn more about his tight-knit team; leadership style, and the open, stimulating work atmosphere he has created, purposefully bolstered by a view of Santa Monica Beach.

Virtually walk in Hagy’s shoes as an innovative thinker by viewing the video above, and scroll through the gallery below for additional outtakes from Belzberg Architect’s inspiring work. Finally, visit Belzberg Architect’s website if you would like to learn more about the firm’s forward pushing designs.

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