Name: Butterfly House
Location: Silver Triangle — Venice, California
Size: 3400 square feet
Years lived in: 3 years, owned
Nestled close to the famed Venice Canals lies the Butterfly House, a net-zero home constructed by architect David Hertz. The home was built to fully utilize its sunny south facing position, with a dark exterior, photo-voltaic panels, and evacuated glass tubes that provide hot water for heating the home and pool.
The butterfly-inspired inverted roof was designed with aesthetics in mind as well as also to naturally collect water, which then gets used for sub-surface irrigation.
But to the passerby, the home's stunning ninety-foot long street-facing living succulent wall grabs attention first.
The vertical garden planters are called Florafelt, which are constructed from 100% recycled PET plastic felt. The wall construction uses "water-wicking Florafelt Grow Strips woven into a galvanized wire grid to create a drip-free water distribution system."
The chevron pattern arrangement of drought-tolerant succulent plants visually dazzles, inspiring and uplifting the neighborhood.
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