Sneak Peek: This Sunday’s AIA/LA Fall Home Tour – Off Sunset: Brentwood to Palisades


Sunday October 17 from 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
The tour is self-driven, self-guided, rain or shine.

To purchase tickets, click HERE

Before you go, check out these summaries on the featured homes:
THE CARILLO RESIDENCE – Pacific Palisades, CA
Designed By Steven Ehrlich, FAIA – EHRLICH ARCHITECTS
The Carrillo Residence occupies a long narrow site on the rim of Santa Monica Canyon. Designed for a young couple with two children, the house addresses the formal and informal needs of the family while taking advantage of the Southern California climate and views. The orientation of the house reinforces the geometry of the site. A series of stone masses define the ground floor program while a floating white box houses the bedroom wings and slides over and past the stone to gesture towards the canyon and the views.  The glass living room volume sits at the far end of the site adjacent to the main bar of the house and divides the outdoor space into two distinct courts. 

LA MESA HOUSE – Santa Monica, CA
Designed by John Dutton, AIA, LEED AP – D U T T O N  a r c h i t e c t s
The original front of a 1924 Santa Monica historic landmark- an early adobe house by John Byers- was restored; the rest of the house was demolished and a new courtyard house built behind the historic front. The architectural ‘completion’ of the house allowed for interiors to be contemporary, and for the design and detailing to become more modern toward the rear of the site, where a detached guest house and an infinity-edge lap pool provide views to the Santa Monica Mountains and the ocean.  The emphasis was on integration of interior rooms with both the central courtyard and ancillary exterior spaces.  Research from Byers’ archives as well as forensic analysis of the original house provided clues as to the materials and finishes that were used for the rest of the house.  

MASSEY’S RESIDENCE – Pacific Palisades, CA
Designed by Mehrnoosh Mojallali, AIA – MEHRNOOSH ARCHITECT, AIA
The Massey’s Residence is located in a residential neighborhood in Pacific Palisades with a view of the Santa Monica Mountains. Massey’s work included new landscaping for the front yard, courtyard, rear yard, trellis/seating and entertainment area. The biggest challenge was to transform the existing sub-urban/folk house into a contemporary residence. The courtyard becomes the key focal point as the dining and remodeled kitchen opens to this space, division of inside-outside becomes translucent. The second floor has a large landing/office with windows all around to capture the view of the mountains and courtyard below. The new master suite is at the rear of the second floor for additional for privacy and away from the street noise. The bathroom gets the south sun. Part of the initial program was to have solar panels and it was one of the reasons the second story roof slopes to the south.

SYCAMORE HOUSE – Pacific Palisades, CA
Designed by Michael Kovac, AIA – Kovac Architects
Sycamore House takes its name from three beautiful trees on the site that originally attracted Kovac to the property.  The home of Architect Michael Kovac, AIA and his wife, embodies Kovac’s firm’s penchant for taking maximum advantage of the unique aspects of every site, carefully framing views, embracing natural light, and incorporating passive heating and cooling into the design.  The home also showcases a range of active sustainable systems and materials and is on track for LEED Platinum Certification. Nestled into the downhill side of a ridge top street, the 3,400sf home presents a deceptively modest one story face to the street, while a view from below reveals a series of sculpted volumes over three floors. Inspired by the surrounding sycamores, local artist Jill Sykes was commissioned to turn the minimal street facade of recycled fiber cement panels into a canvas into which her subtle shadow.

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