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Brooks Avenue House in Venice, California by bricault design

 
October 8th, 2011 by Sanjay Gangal

Article source: bricault design

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.

Images Courtesy Kenji Arai

  • Architect: bricault design
  • Name of Project: Brooks Avenue House
  • Location: Venice, California
  • Lot size: 5280 sq ft
  • Building size: 3794 sq ft
  • Courtyard size: 476   sq ft
  • Photography: Kenji Arai, Danna Kinsky and Richard Grigsby

Images Courtesy Kenji Arai

  • Building height: 20 ft
  • Structure: Steel and wood
  • Heating: Hydronic radiant slab
  • Electricity: Grid-tied solar
  • Insulation: Icynene spray foam insulation, recycled cotton fibre battens
  • Green finishes & fixtures: Cork and cork-rubber flooring, low-VOC paint, formaldehyde-free cabinetry, LED lighting (including retrofit of existing), dual-flush toilets
  • Construction Waste: A majority of construction waste was diverted from the landfill and sent to a local recycling depot

Images Courtesy Richard Grigsby

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.

Images Courtesy Danna Kinsky

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.

Images Courtesy Kenji Arai

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.

Images Courtesy Danna Kinsky

Images Courtesy Kenji Arai

Images Courtesy Kenji Arai

Images Courtesy Kenji Arai

Images Courtesy Kenji Arai

Images Courtesy Kenji Arai

Images Courtesy Danna Kinsky

Images Courtesy Kenji Arai

Images Courtesy Kenji Arai

Images Courtesy Kenji Arai

Images Courtesy Kenji Arai

Images Courtesy Kenji Arai

Images Courtesy Kenji Arai

Images Courtesy Kenji Arai

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One Response to “Brooks Avenue House in Venice, California by bricault design”

  1. LED Light Manufacturer says:

    This inforamtion is very helpful.

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