Brooks Avenue House / Bricault design


Architects: Bricault design
Location: Venice, CA,
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

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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

Construction materials, Semi-finished materials: Seves Vetroarredo Glass Block, Double-glazed

  • Glassblock by Seves Vetroarredo Glass Block
  • Glazing glass by Double-glazed

Facades: Hunter Douglas Contract

Floor: Expanko, Hermosa

  • Cork Rubber XCR3 by Expanko
  • Special surfacing: Terrazzo by Hermosa
  • Natural Cork by Expanko

Furniture: Herman Miller , Cactus Custom Cabinets, Inc. (Lawndale, CA)

  • Aron chairs by Herman Miller
  • Cabinetwork and custom woodwork by Cactus Custom Cabinets, Inc. (Lawndale, CA)

Joinery: Riverside Builders Supply, Inc.

  • Windows by Riverside Builders Supply, Inc.

Lighting, Heating, Home/building automation: Energy Efficiency Solar

  • Photovoltaics by Energy Efficiency Solar

Roof: Elevated Landscape Technologies Inc., Allied Waterproofing

  • Green roof by Elevated Landscape Technologies Inc.
  • Low-slope roofing: TPO roofing / wall membrane by Allied Waterproofing

Walls: Elevated Landscape Technologies Inc., American Clay, Studio Tile & Stone

  • HDPE Living Wall panels and irrigation system] by Elevated Landscape Technologies Inc.
  • Low VOC Paint by American Clay
  • Red tile: Sicis by Studio Tile & Stone
Cite: "Brooks Avenue House / Bricault design" 18 Aug 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed 27 May 2015. <>
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  • Mads

    Love the “vertical garden”-facade!

  • Lazar

    Photos of the link-details between the second addition and the new addition are missing from the groundfloor to the rooftop!?. Nice execution of details but to much materials. There is also latent sterility in the interior in spite of the rich architectural vocabulary.

  • PB

    Beautiful!! though I wish I could see how it integrated with the original house better.

  • d

    fresh one, nicely crafted..

  • luis

    what a careful and thoughtful and intelligent work that blends old and new technologies and really fits venice. thanks.

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  • mark

    there’s nothing that really screams at you that this house hits the mark,but by the time you’ve read the story,you realize this is one of those houses that will remain,long after all the rest are gone.I think this is the construct of the new city.

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  • Goldschmidt R

    I relly like this house, it is so simple, but so lovely, I like the material and colors combination. It is brilliant :D

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  • corinneB

    I love the pivoting doors. Great for ventilation to catch the breese at any angle. Does anyone know who they are from?

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