Ehrlich Retreat + / John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects

Ehrlich Retreat + / John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects

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Santa Monica, United States
  • Project Team: Alice Kimm, Garrett Belmont, Bob McFadden
  • General Contractor: Bonomo Development
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Text description provided by the architects. The Ehrlich Retreat + consists of a new guest house, pool, and shade structure that combine with the original house (previously designed by JFAK) to create a family compound. 

© Benny Chan/Fotoworks
© Benny Chan/Fotoworks

The new structure is contextually related to the original house, borrowing many of its architectural elements, yet has its own identity.

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The LEED Platinum project is also a model of "integrated sustainability," in which its green strategies are seamlessly integrated into a unique sculptural aesthetic:  the structure's broad frame embraces and gives presence to the new yard, while shading the house's southern orientation; the triangular cut-out over the office creates a dramatic form, but also introduces generous amounts of ambient northern light; the steel and wood trellis provides welcoming shade for the yard, and at the same time hosts a 2.4kW photovoltaic array that powers the house and pool. 

The overall result is a responsible, light-filled, and joyful environment.

© Benny Chan/Fotoworks
© Benny Chan/Fotoworks

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Cite: "Ehrlich Retreat + / John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects" 06 Nov 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/563267/ehrlich-retreat-john-friedman-alice-kimm-architects/> ISSN 0719-8884

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