We’re moving over to the West side of LA today, starting with the Reilly Biddle residence in Venice by duArchitects. Oh how I would love to live in Venice. This home is a collector’s dream with halls and walls of bookshelves for everything from CDs to books to knick knacks. And lots of horizontal goodness from stacked tiles, to stacked bricks to horizontal fencing.
From the architects:
We organized the public spaces (dining room, kitchen, and living room) of Our House in an open plan and on a 15′x 23′ modular grid. The kitchen is located in the center of this room, where it is the symbolic heart of the house. The kitchen is flanked to the front by the dining room and to the rear by the living room. The living room opens to the pool and the garden via floor to ceiling glass. A display wall made of walnut cabinetry separates the bedrooms and baths from the public spaces.
The house steps up from the living spaces to 4 bedrooms, which we organized inline along a gallery hall. We raised the floor in this portion of the house to encourage a sense of intimacy and a feeling of separation from the more public parts of the home. The master bedroom anchors one end of the gallery; from there one can access the pool and yard.
Gordon Polon, the structural engineer, used tube steel and engineered lumber to economically achieve a 23′ span and 14’ ceiling heights in the living spaces. In the living spaces, the floors are made of polished concrete with a hydronic system for floor heating. The windows and doors are a customized version of standard commercial glazing systems.
Our house is a well planned, economically constructed, single-family home designed in the tradition of the Case Study Program, which was begun to provide modern, economic, well designed, housing in post-war California.
The construction was expertly completed in 12 months by Glenn Lyons Construction. The Landscape was designed using California Native and drought tolerant plants by Coen + partners. The clients for Our House were Vanessa Biddle and Jamie Reilly, and their two lovely children, Odessa and Ogden.
Photos by Tara Wujcik.
I couldn’t attend Dwell on Design this year, but I was lucky enough to be able to secure a few photographers to capture some of the house tours. You can see the rest of our exclusive Dwell on Design 2010 house tours here.