Designed by Robert Thibodeau of du Architects
Our House is a modern, 3,000 square foot, single story, green
home located on a flat, 11,000 square foot lot in Venice,
California. The clients for "Our House" are a young,
professional couple and their two children, ages 5 and 1.
The house is designed in the tradition of California
modernism, emphasizing indoor/outdoor living and an open
plan. Floor to ceiling glass floods the interior with daylight
while cantilevered eaves provide shade and reduce solar
heat gain. The architectural design includes passive
solar and natural ventilation to accentuate the emphasis
on green building. Solar panels on the roof provide power
for hot water, heating, and electricity. Natural materials
were selected to create warm living spaces.
It was important to the clients to use local resources to infuse
the project with a sense of community. The project was
approached as a traditional barn-raising, where friends and
neighbors join together to erect a structure. The owners,
architect and contractor are neighbors and friends. Because
the property is located on a street made up of single-story
homes, the clients chose to build a single-story home rather
than a taller home in an effort to keep it from appearing out
of scale with their neighborhood.