01 April 2012

Va va voom in Venice

Since I'm talking about architecture this morning, I need to highlight one more incredible home. This time, the sustainable Venice home of architect Santiago Ortiz. The house will be featured today on an American Institute of Architects (AIA) home tour and I'd sure like to go! Not only is the layout stunning, but all materials were chosen for their stability, durability and sustainability. The house was built around a great room for cooking, dining and communing with an emphasis on entertaining family and friends. My kind of house indeed! Here are just a few of the amazing architectural details...

• The south-facing wall of sliding doors provides natural lighting, excellent views of the lush backyard and seamless indoor-outdoor living.

• There is also a west-facing roof deck with a vegetable garden and the front balcony is lined with a metal planters for vegetables.

• The stairway is steel and laminated cumaru treads and the floor consists of gorgeous pentagonal concrete tiles by Daniel Ogassian.

• Exposed Douglas fir beams and columns provide scale in the 50-foot-long room and the walls are finished with natural clay.

• The kitchen has Bulthaup cabinets (walnut upper, laminate lower) and CaesarStone quartz counters.

• The exterior siding is muiracatiara and all the wood used in the home is certified as sustainable.

See more of his work and a behind the scenes of the renovation to his Venice abode here.

If you'd like details of today's AIA tour, find them here on the AIA site. Tickets are $85 and can be purchased from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and homes are open for self-guided touring until 4 p.m. And read more about the house on the LA Times at Home blog.

Photos: LA Times blog.

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