Venice Residence

Los Angeles, California
  • Los Angeles, California
  • Structure
  • House (Single Residence)
  • Year
  • 2010
  • Square Feet
  • 2000
  • This project page was created by community member Kevin Daly Architects

    The on-site two-bed­room rear main house and front pied-a-terre above the garage (a re­ver­sal of the more com­mon re­la­tion­ship be­tween main and guest house found in this neigh­bor­hood) was a dated 1980s re­model in an Amer­i­can South­west­ern style.

    The pri­mary de­sign chal­lenges were to re­con­sider the build­ing struc­tures and al­low shared use by an ex­tended fam­ily while main­tain­ing vary­ing lev­els of pri­vacy. The two story façade fac­ing the court­yard be­came en­tirely glazed, which is in turn shaded by a fold­ing, per­fo­rated metal skin that rests on an alu­minum ex­oskele­ton.

    This per­fo­rated skin and sup­port­ing alu­minum ar­ma­ture is mir­rored across the court­yard by a fold­ing en­clo­sure sur­round­ing the garage apart­ment. Only these build­ing sur­faces ex­tend into and float above the court­yard. Pri­mar­ily de­signed as sun shades, they pro­vide pri­vacy and fil­tered nat­ural light into the main liv­ing spaces of the house and apart­ment. In ad­di­tion they form the sup­port struc­ture for bal­conies that ex­tend from the mas­ter bed­room of the main house and the apart­ment to al­low fam­ily mem­bers to see each other across the prop­erty.

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    Kevin Daly Architects
    Kevin Daly Ar­chi­tects is a prac­tice rooted in the be­lief that ar­chi­tec­ture has the power to trans­form the every­day built en­vi­ron­ment. Since es­tab­lish­ing the firm in 1991 as Daly Genik Architects and now as Kevin Daly Architects, Kevin Daly has guided a de­sign process that up­holds the prac­ti­cal magic of ar­chi­tec­ture –an alchemy of craft, ma­te­ri­als, and form. But­tressed by pro­ject-di­rected re­search, the work of Kevin Daly Ar­chi­tects in­ter­weaves in­no­va­tion in tech­nol­ogy and fab­ri­ca­tion, sus­tain­abil­ity and ur­ban­ism, liv­abil­ity and econ­omy. The firm’s award-win­ning port­fo­lio in­cludes en­vi­ron­men­tally and so­cially re­spon­sive ed­u­ca­tional, res­i­den­tial, and in­sti­tu­tional pro­jects rang­ing in scale from sin­gle-room artist work­spaces to cam­pus mas­ter plan­ning. Kevin Daly Ar­chi­tects is par­tic­u­larly rec­og­nized for re­claim­ing and trans­form­ing sites char­ac­ter­is­tic of the ur­ban fab­ric, turn­ing generic back­ground build­ings into mod­els of com­mu­nity iden­tity. The prac­tice has been rec­og­nized with over thirty AIA awards, the Rudy Bruner Foun­da­tion’s Gold Medal for Ur­ban Ex­cel­lence, and the AIA/​LA’s Firm of the Year Award. The prac­tice’s body of work has been fea­tured in nu­mer­ous pub­li­ca­tions and web sites in­clud­ing The New York Times, The Los An­ge­les Times, Do­mus, A + U, Newsweek, Time, Me­trop­o­lis, Ar­chi­tect, Ar­chi­tec­tural Record, Fast Com­pany, T Mag­a­zine, and Azure.
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