6th avenue single family residence

6th Avenue
Single Family Residence

Venice, CA

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Project Description
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
Scope: Design-Build
Area: 1,520 sf
Cost: $400,000
Year Completed: 2011