Interior Design faculty Ben Warwas of Byben recently completed the Cloud Dream Home working in collaboration with El Sereno Dream Homes in Los Angeles, California. As a simple garage conversion. the project started with a typical two car garage, which was then transformed into a one bedroom home.
The one bedroom Cloud Dream Home features three rooms, two closets, one hallway and a storage space. Combining the idea of the Los Angeles sky and clouds within an Accessory Dwelling Unit, the project models an approach to adaptive reuse projects that can provide additional housing for the city.
Byben is a studio for architecture and design. Ben Warwas began his design work as a teenager building skateboard ramps and making streetwear. He went on to develop these interests, receiving his B.A. in Fashion design at the Massachusetts College of Art (MassArt), where he won the Award for Fashion Design two years in a row. Ben worked as an independent fashion designer costuming bands such as Le Tigre and The Locust. He then attended Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) for his Masters of Architecture where he was granted the award for best thesis. After working at various firms (namely Anonymous Architects, Michael Maltzen, Space International, and Zago Architecture) he established his own architectural practice Byben in 2016.
Though Byben initially started as a clothing company in the early 90s, it now focuses on custom architectural projects and installations. Ben has over 20 years of experience in all the aspects of designing and building architectural projects. Ben is a collaborator at the conceptual architectural firm Typical Office and is presently on the design faculty at Pasadena City College Architecture Department.