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VISION HOUSE® LOS ANGELES 2012
VHLA: Designed for “A Sense of Arrival”
REPORTED BY HEATHER WALLACE


Tucked neatly between the natural beauty of the Santa Monica Mountains and Santa Monica Bay, the interior lot on Via de la Paz in the Pacific Palisades was an ideal location to build VISION House® Los Angeles.


“We wanted to choose an infill lot to support the redevelopment of the urban core instead of adding to urban sprawl,” says Robert Kleiman of Structure Home. “We chose the Palisades because the people seem to be very environmentally active and there’s a strong sense of community.”


With narrow streets and neighborhood shops, amenities and parks nearby, the location promotes both walking and cycling. The village and the Sunday market are both within a short stroll of the VISION House® LA location.


The site also is blessed with natural ocean breezes and south-facing exposure. “We took advantage of views, natural light and natural ventilation by orienting the fenestration and entry court to best take advantage of these elements,” says Karen Putman of P2 Design.


Patti Baker, of KAA Design in Los Angeles, says one of the challenges with the house was the sloping lot. The front-to-back and left-to-right natural slopes made it necessary to “open the home up to more than just the front and rear yard,” she says. Ultimately, the final design included outdoor living areas with enhanced “movement” and planning around a central entry courtyard.


 


Vision House® LA, now under construction, is oriented to make the most of natural breezes, views and daylighting. 


60 01.2012 www.greenbuildermag.com

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