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Dwell Home Tours Showcase East and West LA

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(Los Angeles, CA) June 2, 2014 _ Each year Dwell offers its readers an opportunity to go beyond the pages of the magazine with a walk through some of Los Angeles’s most amazing modern homes, selected by the editorial team. This year, with the help of our presenting sponsor, Cadillac, we open the doors to 10 modern homes of all shapes and sizes that show how some of Dwell’s favorite architects have interpreted the modern dream. Over two weekends, Saturday, June 14 and Saturday, June 21 from east to west Los Angeles we invite ticket holders to explore each home’s unique properties, garnering great ideas and inspiration at every turn. Home tour attendees can also take a closer look at the first ever Cadillac hybrid plug-in ELR, which will be on display at several homes on the tour and available for a test drive at the Green Car Ride and Drive just outside the convention center at Dwell on Design.

This year’s architects are an award-winning group including David Hertz, FAIA, Steven Ehrlich, FAIA, Michael Ferguson, Escher GuneWardena, and Douglas Ewing, FAIA to name a few. Ticket holders get an intimate preview by the designers at ‘Meet the Architects’ on Friday, June 13th sponsored by TOTO, at the Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles from 7pm to 10pm. The tour is self-guided, and the homes are open from 10am to 4pm. A portion of the Home Tour and Meet the Architects Night ticket proceeds will go to our non-profit partner, Architecture for Humanity.

Dwell on Design LA, now the largest design event in the U.S., returns to the Los Angeles Convention Center June 20-22, 2014. This unique 3-day event offers continuous content from over 200 top minds in design and dynamic exhibitions by more than 400 exhibitors. With nearly 300,000 square feet to be transformed into worlds of inspiration, from Dwell Outdoor to the Modern Family Pavilion to the Tech Zone, this year’s 30,000+ attendees will find themselves immersed in new ideas for modern living.

Below is a short description of each home with a link to the website for more information. Low-resolution images can be found here. For high resolution, please click here.

WEST SIDE

Silver Triangle House (aka Butterfly House), AIA Architect David Hertz

In the quiet Silver Triangle neighborhood east of the Venice Canals, Dwell explores a zero net-energy home by AIA architect David Hertz. Hertz, well known for the 747 Wing House, looked to the structure of a butterfly wing when designing this Venice home. The inverted roof naturally captures water that collects in a sump and is used for subsurface irrigation. The roof is just one of the home's sustainable features, which, Hertz says, "are not compromises to the design; they're part of the design." A living wall of succulents faces the street, absorbing southern sun, while the interior living wall set against the pool grows ferns and edible herbs--together the walls total 90 feet of vegetative vertical space. While environmentalism has long been fundamental to Hertz' work, this project features overt expressions of sustainability new even to him. For example, glass tubing filled with water-heating fluid had been hidden in previous designs, but are expressed openly here.

700 Palms, Architect Steven Ehrlich

In the 1980s, architect Steven Ehrlich was among the boundary-breaking architects who helped transform Venice from sleepy to modern. His own home at 700 Palms received the 2009 AIA Housing Award, and continues to transfix with its flexible and sustainable features. Combining rustic (including recycled) materials with a sleek modern aesthetic set a distinctive tone, one that captures the current atmosphere and energy of Venice. Sunlight is maximized on the narrow lot, yet tempered by solar shading. Concrete flooring helps hold in heat overnight, while expansive, sliding glass doors permit natural ventilation. Despite its emphasis on practicality, 700 Palms feels inclusive, with indoor-outdoor nooks and seamless transitions between rooms--a nod to the neighborhood's welcoming spirit.

The Meridian House, Architect Thane Roberts

When architect Thane Roberts returned to Santa Monica after sailing around the world for nine years, be began developing a philosophy of "evo-tecture," a design process emphasizing connection over privacy. Roberts' family home, The Meridian House, has an open floor plan with plenty of private spaces. Rooms, while not closed off, feel separate from one another, encouraging both interaction and contemplation. Literal interpretations of a life at sea, including a full-scale replica yacht deck, sun dial, and sleeping pods resembling boat cabins give the home an adventurous vibe.

Dimster Duplex, Architect Don Dimster

On a 40-by-120-foot lot, architect Don Dimster designed and built a duplex for himself and his wife, Lisa, the design director at Aether Apparel, along with his filmmaker brother, Dennis, and his wife, Doreen Perez. The tight-knit group often convenes on the shared rooftop deck, which features a fire pit, mobile shades, and assorted drought-tolerant grasses. "I felt it was important for the structure to have separate identities and still be one building," Dimster says. Six-inch-thick cinder-block walls define the bedrooms in both homes, offering plenty of privacy. To reach each other, the families traverse a pair of glass-walled, suspended steel stairways leading from living spaces to the rooftop. Don Dimster and his wife Lisa will also join us onstage at Dwell on Design for a talk on multigenerational living.

Wilson Residence, Architect Michael Ferguson/Space International

Our second Michael Ferguson-designed home is a testament to the evolution of Venice itself: the site of a traditional bungalow was transformed into the setting for a sleek two-story residence. A street-facing courtyard, which acts as an outdoor living room, is balanced by the shotgun style ground floor plan, a combination of flowing openness and efficient organization. Upstairs, the indoor-outdoor seamlessness continues. Private spaces bleed into an outdoor deck, and surround a gallery displaying contemporary art, a "gallery-in-the-garden" concept.

EAST SIDE

Villacasa, Architect Michael Ferguson

Canyon views and seamless indoor-outdoor spaces combine for comfortable grandeur at this hillside Mt. Washington home. Faced with a sloped property in a developed suburban neighborhood, architect Michael Ferguson had to be clever. "One of the major challenges of this project was how to make a very small hillside parcel feel as large as possible," he says. Ferguson carefully positioned the lower level in the center of the property, and built a lap pool that doubles as an 8-foot-high retaining wall, freeing up space for two flat courtyards. Large glass doors pivot open from the living and dining areas to the terraced courtyards for an easygoing indoor-outdoor feeling. The end result: a home offering the expansive views and sense of privacy of a villa, with the comforts of a less formal retreat.

Jones House, Escher GuneWardena

This home by Escher GuneWardena Architecture in the Silver Lake neighborhood hovers above the sloping site, supported by five piers covered in vines. Faced with building height setbacks, the architects sharply angled the street facade, offering views of the nearby lake. They cantilevered the house to cover both the carport and glass-enclosed entry below, and encircled the home in a layer of storage and utility spaces cut into with balconies and loggias. At the rear of the property, the expansive floor plane meets ground, leading to an outdoor play area.

Lecam Residence, William Kesling

Set in the Hollywood Hills, the Lecam Residence features stunning views in all directions. To the South is the Griffith Observatory and Sunset Boulevard, and to the West the Pacific Ocean extending to Catalina Island. "At night, the view becomes like a flat screen TV, all black with the lights of the city," says architect Vianney Boutry. To maximize the scenery, Boutry replaced a wall in the master bedroom on the third floor with glass, and kept color and furnishings to a minimum: white oak floors, recycled wood cabinetry, and mostly white paint with touches of color, “to make the house feel bare.”

The Murnane Residence, Architect McShane Murnane

Architect McShane Murnane and his wife Cleo Murnane founded Project M, a Los Angeles-based collective of designers and architects, while building their family home in the Moreno Hills in Silver Lake. Situated 70 steps up from the street, Murnane House has views from the Hollywood sign to the San Gabriel Mountains. Murnane cantilevered the main living room and created a makeshift "wind-catcher" over the stairwell to capture and circulate cool air while pushing hot air up and out. Clean lines, natural light, and early modernist details amount to a pared down, modern beach house style, 20 miles from the ocean.

Glen Oaks Residence, Architect Douglas Ewing, FAIA

Set in a grove of eucalyptus and pine trees, this Glen Oaks Residence by architect Douglas Ewing, FAIA, features a cascading east-facing slope with spectacular views of the Rose Bowl, Pasadena, and the San Jacinto and San Gorgonio Mountains. A1950s single-level house on the property was too decayed to save, so Ewing borrowed the home's 12-degree angled floor plan and honored the era's Post & Beam Case Study Houses. High clerestory windows, glass walls along the home's east side, and five terraced decks take full advantage of the scenery. Gardens adorn the property, and the decks' aluminum grating allows plants to grow below.

 

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