( Benny Chan / Fotoworks ) Architect Dennis Gibbens' new home on bustling Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice overcomes the same challenges posed by many urban sites: the need to maximize privacy and minimize city noise. Gibbens' solution: He wrapped the home in a shell of board-formed concrete that exudes a sense of raw strength and permanence. Light largely streams in not through windows but through a glassed-in central courtyard and beautiful, sculptural skylights, creating a space that feels private and protected, yet bright and open. Pictured here: The top floor of the home, where sunshine from circular skylights filters down to the level below via a slab of tempered glass in the floor.
Dennis Gibbens' light-filled Abbot Kinney retreat in Venice - latimes.com