(uptempo music) – We are here in Venice, California. In the house that I
designed for my family. The way I started the
design, it was very much about how does the indoor space connect very strongly or graciously
with the outdoor space. – [Nancy] We had been
looking for a lot in Venice for a while and we loved the fact that there were three mature trees. Two beautiful Aleppo pines
and a Canary Island palm tree and we wanted to create a
house that would preserve the trees because they were here first. – The house is very carefully composed as a series of enclosed spaces, open outdoor spaces, then enclosed spaces. But the reality is that the courtyards are actually designed around those trees. There’s the entrance
court where you walk in through the courtyard which
also has the pool in it. Then we have the tree court
which has this marvelous 85 year old Aleppo pine tree,
then there’s the family court. The family court connects to the kitchen, dining, living area. This courtyard is
symbolic of the big ideas of the house design, which
is that this is an outdoor room that is very detailed,
very well defined, and it is an extension
of the indoor spaces and that courtyard extends
to the back building which includes a guesthouse and a garage slash gallery slash mancave space. I started to truly understand the power or potential of courtyard housing when I lived in Africa,
I was in the Peace Corp in Marrakech, Morocco in the early 70s. Lived in a courtyard house right
in the heart of the medina, the ancient city of Marrakech. You become connected to
nature, you can create a compound, your own urban oasis, sustainable, low impact living. So for example, there is an exoskeleton pulled to the outside of the house on the southwest facade,
and it is a large, steel armature for roll down shades
and roll horizontal shades that then reduce the
impact of the sunlight coming in, using less energy. I wanted to use materials that would be as sustainable as possible. The main materials on
the outside of the house are weathering steel, so it’s steel that will rust and then stop rusting. There’s glass of course. You’ll see a material
which looks like wood but it’s actually recycled
sawdust and plastic. There’s concrete block
which is a special blend of block that I developed with
the concrete block company. It’s made out of white cement and pumice and it’s bead blasted in the factory so it’s very textural. There’s no paint, the
white walls that you see or white ceilings are actually burnished plaster with wax over it. I’m very interested in seeing
the hand of the craftsmen. Notice this writing, right? It says ‘Shrameck’, that’s
the name of the contractor, Mark Shramek. No paint. This plaster that you see the trowel mark of the craftsmen and it’s waxed. We as architects, what we want to do is we want to expose what we
do to a broader audience. Because how many people are
going to come to this house? Houzz is a way of reaching
out to many many many people, and with Houzz this house will
become known to other people and the philosophy will
get to be understood. (uptempo piano music) I wanted to look at how technologically we could actually make the barriers between indoors and out disappear, namely glass, basically sliding doors or pivoting doors that can
slide completely out of the way. It’s obviously a fluid,
open, loft-like space. I also love the flexibility of the space. This can be a very cozy environment on a cold night, a fire burning or it can have all the glass
doors slid completely open and morph into an open air
indoor, outdoor pavilion. So we’ll have up to a
hundred people sometimes. – Steven’s experience of the space is the form, the lines, the proportions. – So I designed this table and the benches and I like it because it’s really simple and it’s like a floating plane
that doesn’t have chairs. – When I see a chair, my response is ‘Is this comfortable,
do I want to sit here.’ But he’s looking at it. – I designed these benches just so you would experience this table and not have other things like the back of a chair. – I would say my major
contribution has been to make it comfortable, big cushy chairs and throws and pillows. – These chairs are just so
much fun because they swivel. – Now I can’t get him out
of them, but it really did take five years to
persuade him of them. – Ah, that’s fun. (laughs) – [Nancy] The art collection is eclectic. – [Steven] Often the
artists are friends of ours. – [Nancy] Steven has a
lot of things from Africa. – [Steven] This is an
African stargazing bed. It’s carved out of one
log, there’s no joinery. – [Nancy] It’s about our life experience, it’s not about this would
look good on the wall. – Clearly the time I spent
in Africa was very formative. In the late 80s I did a project in Tokyo and had four wonderful trips to Japan. One of the philosophical
mantras that I’ve developed over several decades of design
and thinking and travel, is called multicultural modernism. This house embodies it. This stair was influenced
by Japanese architecture. It’s a tansu stair which combines stairway and storage and display. – On the mezzanine level we
have a couple of small bedrooms we call them pods and they
are like small guestrooms. – [Steven] They’re flexible spaces and there are glass
sliding windows but they’re really more like shoji screens. So for example, we come up the tansu stair and then we slice across
the space on this bridge. It’s multicultural and
yet it embraces modernism. What I like about this
bridge is it’s a new way to explore the space but you
have to believe in technology. We’re being held up by these cables walking on glass, so I
love that juxtaposition, that counterpoint of
something almost ancient and something maybe almost futuristic. (midtempo piano music) – This place is like a
crucible for Steven’s ideas. With himself as client, he
could do whatever he wanted to. – [Steven] This house
is very personal to me, it’s I guess in some ways a summation of many things I’ve been thinking about. I must say though that
probably the most important thing about the house is that it’s been an amazingly wonderful place to live. To have our family
participate in what it is, it’s very special.

Author Since: Mar 11, 2019

  1. True creativity that shows itself as it is, a piece of art. Simply fantastic!

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful home.

  2. Coool 👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽
    Я в восторге от этого проекта , это не просто интересная архитектура , это шедевр и целый образ жизни достойный наивысших похвал 👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽

  3. Sooo gorgeous!! 😍 saving this video just in case I ever win the lottery so I can have something very similar to this built. Loved the tree court, might be my favorite.

  4. I don't care for those billionaire mcmansions. This is the kind of house I want to live in some day. Beautiful, functional, conscientious and tranquil. No part of that house was not designed with sound purpose in mind.

  5. When a cat or snake or other animals enter the house , what will you do ?. Iam an architecture student from india

  6. First thought. Gorgeous! Second thought. Bugs! Do they not have mosquitoes in Venice? I love this house! And hadn’t heard the phrase “courtyard house” before. I love it. I’ve been day dreaming about such a house but in my mind it was more of an “atrium house” where there would be an open space for every inside space. Again the trouble is bugs! But I really love the entire house encompasses the lot. I have a large yard but only the dogs enjoy it.
    Also I’d love for this to be off grid as possible and the architecture to be part of the heating and cooling. Like his exoskeleton shades that block light. But maybe clay walls that hold the heat in the winter and block the heat in summer. Use up drafts for dispelling heat, and using the outdoor space not just for entertainment but also to grow food, be it living walls of vegetables, hydroponic gardening, to save ground space.

  7. 1:45 tell me you dont see Kevin Costner in this picture when he was young or I am becoming a LOCO lol

  8. So beautiful. I lived and raised my kids in that area. I moved away because West LA, Santa Monica, and even Venice has become so expensive, that the ordinary person can't survive. Now it's getting expensive here too. I love the design and colors of your place.

  9. of all the random house videos I keep watching, I like this house the most. Modern, happy, and bright.

  10. What happens to the outdoor family court area when there is rain? I love how thoughtful this project was. How satisfying it must be to be reminded of it everyday. 🙂

  11. I could see my self being blissfully happy in this house. What would make it sublimely perfect is if it was by the beach.

  12. There’s so much beauty on simplicity and the fact that you don’t try to
    Please others instead you just please what you love ❤️, that’s it

  13. Looks cool but the amount of dust and POLLUTION coming into the house makes a turn off. I have the same concept and trust me, it sucks.

  14. This is hands down one of the most beautiful designed and tastefully furnited houses I have ever seen in L.A.-and I have literally seen 1000 over the years-bravo&kudos👌🏼

  15. Watching this again made me think this is really a good house for a homebody. Even if your in the house, you alse get the feeling of being outside.

  16. Mother F*** 😍😵WOW almost all the what i want and love in a house,the only thing missing for me is white marble and maybe a beautiful crystal chandelier (or chandeliers) leveled with the glass bridge

  17. Nice. Although he mentioned Morocco as his inspiration I feel that the Eames House up in the Pacific Pallisades played a bigger role. It's as if he's updating that house with 21st century techniques and materials.

  18. I had to pause this video like 10 times just to take in the images and appreciate them fully. 0:18 0:20 0:23 0:35 0:58 1:03 1:10 1:13 2:13 4:12 5:35 6:07 6:17 6:29 6:31 7:17

  19. That is stunning, breathtaking, creative and gorgeous. I wonder living at venice beach if they have issues with homeless sleeping at their doorsteps ?
    Just a great designer .

  20. A perfect balance between: cozy, contemporary, geometric composition and materials. My congratulations architect! As an architect, would like a home like this…..

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