LocationVenice, Los Angeles, CA, United States
ClientMarc and Heather Venegas
ContractorIcaza Construction and Bugsy Everett
From the architect. The building is divided vertically down the middle to create a pair of three-story condominiums that use many of the eco strategies and materials that have become Sander Architects signatures. Playful architectural details include double-height translucent walls, exposed steel structure, cutouts in interior walls, and plywood railings and ceiling finishes. More about this project following the break.
The exterior skin of the building is a double-layer of translucent materials: multi-cell acrylic panels provide the waterproofing inside lapped scales of glass. From the interior this creates a dramatic double-height wall that fills the rooms with light during the day and allows the interior lights to glow from the street at night. The theme of glass continues through the house with the glass detailing in the kitchens and bathrooms.
Some of the green aspects include: extensive glazing to maximize natural daylighting throughout the house, multi-cell acrylic panels (with high R-value) for glazing to reduce heat loss/gain, passive cooling promoted by window placement to create natural air-flow, on-demand water heater, low-flush toilets, low-VOC paint, bamboo flooring, standard incandescent lighting designed to be convertible to compact fluorescent, cabinetry built with materials from managed forests, minimal landscaping with native plants to minimize water, proximity to public transportation + all basic amenities within walking distance.