Touring Architectural Homes in Santa Monica and Venice

Touring Architectural Homes in Santa Monica and Venice

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Marcia Prentice
May 19, 2011

I have attended four AIA home tours prior to this tour. Every house has all the elements to make it an architecturally beautiful piece of art, but the homes I love best tell a story and great artwork is also a bonus. I scored with last Sunday's homes: the Hirshberg Residence features an extensive selection of contemporary art (the wife owns an art gallery). The architect for the Mohammed Residence was challenged with building a family home around the owner's Islamic faith.

Hirshberg Residence

House #1: The Yin-Yang House
Designer: Larry Scarpa, FAIA - Brooks+Scarpa

House #2: Superb-a House
Designer: Erla Dogg Ingjaldsdottir, Assoc. AIA & Tryggvi Thorsteinsson, Assoc. AIA - Minarc

House #3: Hirshberg Residence
Designer: Steven Kent, AIA - Steven Kent Architect

House #4: Mohammed Residence
Designer: Robert Crockett, AIA - Crockett Architects Inc

The photo gallery features images from three of the four homes on the tour. Unfortunately, the Superb-a House was recently finished and the designer is still working on including the furniture and finishing touches for its big reveal. The Yin-Yang House is made for entertaining with a 50-foot sliding glass door that makes the transition from the dining room to outdoor areas seamless. My favorite feature is the fenced-in grass area off the bedrooms and on the roof. My mind started wandering thinking about all the uses I could come up with for the grass area.

The Hirshberg Residence features a large collection of contemporary art. I had to laugh and love the light up Applause sign in the bathroom. Now if it lit up when you flushed the toilet, now that would be brilliant. In the basement is a soundproof recording studio. Outside the studio you can find another illuminated sign - On Air.

Architect Robert Crockett designed the Mohammed Residence for a progressive Muslim family. In the lower level of the home is a prayer room and a small hallway niche with a faucet to wash your hands and face before entering the prayer room. In most homes it is common to see a rectangular dining table, but I was delightfully surprised that they chose a large round dining table. The kitchen opens up to the outdoors with a large horizontal sliding window - I think I found my dream kitchen!

Previous AIA Home Tours:

The Yin-Yang House
Mohammed Residence

Images: Bethany Nauert and Art Gray

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