Project: 700 Palms Residence
Architects: Ehrlich Architects
Location: Venice, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Area: 4,200 sf
Photographs by: Grey Crawford, Erhard Pfeiffer, Julius Shulman, Juergen Nogai, courtesy of Ehrlich Architects
700 Palms Residence by Ehrlich Architects
Located in Venice, California, the 700 Palms Residence is a modern home designed by Ehrlich Architects to express a counterpoint between a sense of harmony and tranquility with flowing, dynamic spaces. Its flexibility and transformation are fully realized through the use of wood-and-steel frame structure, enclosed and shielded for privacy by a roll-down scrim hung on a skeletal steel frame.
This house dissolves the barriers between indoors and out, creating flexible spaces that take advantage of benign climate.
From the architects: “This sustainable residence a half mile from the Pacific Ocean responds to the bohemian spirit of Venice, California, while maximizing volume, light, and privacy on a narrow lot. Raw, honest materials fit in with the grittiness of the local environment; the maintenance-free exterior of Cor-ten steel, Trex, copper, and stucco weathers naturally, while interior surfaces are left unpainted.
The house dissolves the barriers between indoors and out, creating flexible spaces that take advantage of the benign climate. Built on an urban infill lot, the compound’s orientation toward its lively neighborhood is friendly while garden courtyards afford privacy.”
From the architects: “Space is calibrated within the house for maximum efficiency and dramatic impact. The low entrance explodes into the 16-foot-high main living/dining area. A glass bridge hung from narrow steel cables spans the volume, connecting two small second-story bedrooms with floating stairs to the master suite and study on the third floor.
The house is strikingly transformative, with large expanses of glass that open on three sides, with a combination of pivoting, sliding, and disappearing pocket doors. On sultry days the house, which has no air-conditioning, is a cool and breezy pavilion. A steel exoskelton is fitted with electrically-operated canvas shades that open and close to temper the sun and turn the pool court into a sheltering tent.
Radiant floors indoors and in the outdoor concrete platform heat efficiently, and roof photovoltaics harness the energy of California’s abundant sunshine. Water-efficient irrigation systems and drought-resistant plantings are installed in the courtyards.”