Architects: Bricault design
Location: Venice, CA, USA
Structure: Steel and Wood
Heating: Hydronic radiant slab
Electricity: Grid-tied solar
Insulation: Icynene spray foam insulation, recycled cotton fibre battens
Site Area: 490.5 sqm
Constructed Area: 352.5 sqm
Project year: 2009
Photography: Kenji Arai, Danna Kinsky
The clients for this project needed more space to accommodate the needs of a growing family, but they were reluctant to leave their location in Venice – one of the few walkable neighborhoods in Los Angeles. The solution was to maintain and remodel their existing 2000 square foot home, while creating a 1700 square foot addition and courtyard on the rear lane side.
With an ideal climate for much of the year, a primary design driver was to create a seamless connection between inside and outside, while eliminating the need for air conditioning To this end, a central sculptural staircase links the ground floor with the rooftop deck, while doubling as a chimney to draw cooling breezes through the house. On the main floor, a sequence of pivoting doors opens the house to the courtyard, while on the second floor, windows fold back and full-height exterior panels slide into walls. A system of cedar battens serve as a shading device along much of the addition.
The volume of the new master bedroom extends out from the second story, creating a carport below. Its exterior is clad with a living wall system on three sides, visually tying together the courtyard greenery with the planted roof. All landscaping is fed with a combination of captured rainwater and recycled domestic greywater. The roof’s softscape is divided between a highly productive vegetable garden and indigenous, low-maintenance grasses and shrubs. The roof also supports a solar panel array that is sufficient to meet household needs.
The house features a high-efficiency combination boiler, which supplies both radiant in-floor heating and domestic hot water. A hot water recirculation loop makes hot water available “on demand,” while reducing consumption. Other features include low-flush toilets and non-toxic, low-VOC finishes, which are used throughout the house.
Products in this project
- Glazing glass by Double-glazed
- Glassblock by Seves Vetroarredo Glass Block
- Natural Cork by Expanko
- Cork Rubber XCR3 by Expanko
- Special surfacing: Terrazzo by Hermosa
- Cabinetwork and custom woodwork by Cactus Custom Cabinets, Inc. (Lawndale, CA)
- Aron chairs by Herman Miller
- Windows by Riverside Builders Supply, Inc.
- Photovoltaics by Energy Efficiency Solar
- Low-slope roofing: TPO roofing / wall membrane by Allied Waterproofing
- Green roof by Elevated Landscape Technologies Inc.
- Red tile: Sicis by Studio Tile & Stone
- HDPE Living Wall panels and irrigation system] by Elevated Landscape Technologies Inc.
- Low VOC Paint by American Clay