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    Venice cottage reimagined


    ( Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times ) By Paul Young

    Robert Choeff and Krystyan Keck's home in Venice stands out. The residence looks like two houses stacked on top of each other, largely because it is. The bottom is a 1913 cottage, the top a translucent modernist box. One almost expects to see Dorothy inside this bit of Oz. "We definitely have more than our share of gawkers," Keck says.

    Some passersby find the style mash-up to be weird, but to others the house is a clever solution to a difficult problem: How do you take a small lot, double the size of your living space and still end up with a piece of interesting architecture? Though the husband and wife have worked together on projects in the past, this is their first collaboration as the Bureau of Architectural Affairs. Each decision they made was driven by pure practicality.

    The choice to float the new space over the original home, for instance, was driven by code. If they had built a new structure from the ground up, they would have been required to include a garage, which would have taken up precious space. "We also needed to keep the cost down," Keck says. "So that was a big factor in keeping the original house intact."














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    Good lord, it's awful especially the black kitchen.
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    Too much wood.. it looks unfinished on the inside. This could have been really cool with all the glass but the inside just ruins it.

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    Hate all of it.
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    A lil bit weird...

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    i love this. seriously.

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    All kinds of NO.
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    Awful.


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    seriously, those people need to GTFO. i'm packing my bags & moving in like NOW.
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    Hate it. The night time shot makes it look like a small office unit. And the black walls that the kids can draw on? I can think of all kinds of badness with that idea.

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    This is what happens when you design a whole house around your precious kids' needs instead of your own. I especially love the comfy wooden benches in the "living" room and allowing kids to scrawl over every vertical surface is a REALLY good idea.
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    Looks dark. And odd.

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    The neighbours must have been so happy to see that vertical house extension being built...

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    the kitchen is horrid.
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