Architect's description: The "floating bungalow" was developed through a series of models studying the site -- a unique Venice walk street. It is a modernist contemplation on (and reinterpretation of) the working-class bungalows that have long defined the area. The house appears dreamlike, an abstracted bungalow dipped in white and lifted in the air, allowing a loft-like public floor to slip underneath. The upper floor is a white metal cloud. The lower floor is defined by openness and transparency between the public rooms and the outdoor landscape. Charcoal walls dematerialize at sunset, fading to black with just the interior lights illuminating the space below.
The walk-street front of the house, above, is a large porch-like outdoor room open to the neighborhood. When designing the house, we all agreed the front yard should act as a welcoming extension of the neighborhood. While sitting around the fire pit, neighbors and guests alike are afforded a view through the open lower level of the house and beyond to the backyard.
The house’s vertical axis is organized around a multi-functioning stair core. It punctures the white bungalow roof with a black oblong skylight box which reads from the street like an oversized chimney.
Plywood cabinetry functions as built-in ornament. It is another reinterpretation of traditional craftsman woodwork and use of inexpensive material. We used an intentionally generic material and fixture palette throughout, allowing the spatial qualities of the house to be the feature. The kitchen contains a Venice-relevant cultural finish experiment: The island has been "murdered" -- slang for blacking out all detailing on customized cars. (Very "Fast and Furious 5"!)
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