A financial manager and an aspiring artist requested a home with clean lines, simple maintenance,and durable materials to suit the oceanfront location. A garage large enough to fit a boat on a trailer, an art studio, and a roof deck were also requested as part of the house. The program includes: garage, laundry room, apartment with living room,kitchen, bedroom, and full bath on ground floor; living room, kitchen, dining room,powder room, and two guest rooms with shared bath on floor two; master bedroom suite with open bath and walk-in closet, office/art studio, and two guest rooms with shared bath on floor three. Deep decks at each floor;roof deck is furnished for living and dining.
Design: The three-story house occupies a narrow oceanfront lot on Venice Beach between a house previously completed by Brunn and a two-story apartment building. This tight infill site led the architect to maximize openness and daylight inside the house so the rooms feel spacious and unencumbered. Numerous skylights, floor-to-ceiling glass, and generous windows illuminate the house from the top and sides. The zig-zag shape of the beachfront balconies, gray stucco panels, and rhythmic window patterns create dynamic fac;ades. The visual interplay of projecting and recessed planes facing the beach suggests the ebb and flow of the ocean tides as seen from the house-and artfully comply with local set-back and height regulations.
To mitigate a large cube shape, Brunn composed front, side, and back facades for different effects. The front (beach) facade is open with stucco zig-zags lining deep balconies. Side facades have long and deep apertures as well as varying integral colored stucco. The back facade is set in, framed by ribbon, with the dark stucco recessed. The two Brunn-designed houses on neighboring plots share tectonic DNA, yet exhibit individual personalities.
The five-bedroom house includes a ground-floor apartment with a kitchenette, as well as expansive garage. The two floors built above constitute the main living spaces. Board-formed concrete anchors the ground level, providing a solid foundation for the stucco and-glass dwelling on the upper two levels. Inside, a glass-enclosed, staircase illuminated by large skyIights and a two-story glazed exterior wall allow sunIight to penetrate in the heart of the house. Stairs appear to be floating.