This second floor addition to an existing one-story Venice bungalow presented many design and construction challenges, including:
- The owner required adaptive reuse of approximately 2/3 of the existing floor space. This space had to be integrated into a new holistic design.
- An LA City code change during the design classified the Venice area as a liquefaction zone. This required the space addition to be limited to 50% of the existing floor area.
These challenges were met in a design that is functional, aesthetic, and sustainable. Sustainability features included were:
- A rainscreen building enclosure that allows air circulation between the rainscreen cladding and the water/vapor barrier.
- A photovoltaic system
- Mini split heating and cooling
Client: Gerhard and Romana Pichel
Area: 1,520 sf
Year Completed: 2011