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Venice/Santa Monica Modern Home Tour
May 3, 2014

The Venice/Santa Monica Modern Home Tour gives L.A. residents a chance to explore and view some of the greatest examples of modern architecture right in their own area, via self-guided driving tour. Attendees learn from homeowners what it's like to live in a modern home and find out where the architects got their inspiration - directly from the architects themselves. The tour is self-guided and self-driven, allowing guests to explore these modern treasures at their own pace.

RICSSummit of the Americas Toronto 2014

May 4-6, 2014
RICS Summit of the Americas 2014 is for any real estate professional looking to draw from timely, in-depth market knowledge that will be shared by local and international experts in the land, property and construction sectors. The summit will provide an excellent opportunity to connect with top professionals from around the world and engage in educational seminars and premier discussion forums.

Heath Open Studio Events
May 9–11
The traditional Spring event, where Heath opens the doors to the factory and studio so visitors can explore both Heath's history, as well as current projects and collections, will be held at the company's San Franciso, Sausalito and Los Angeles locations.

Sonoma Living: Home Tours
May 10, 2014
AIA San Francisco and AIA Redwood Empire are excited to announce Sonoma Living: Home Tours, a new home tours program for 2014. Sonoma Living will showcase a wide variety of architectural styles, neighborhoods, and residences—all from the architect's point of view. The program provides design enthusiasts and the general public with an inside look into the world of distinctive residences in Sonoma county. Tour participants have the opportunity to see some of the area's latest residential projects from the inside out, meet design teams, explore housing trends, and discover design solutions that inspire unique Sonoma living.

de LaB Presents an Eastside Home Tour: Architects at Home
May 10, 2014
De LaB presents its second annual Eastside home tour, “Architects at Home,” on May 10th from 12:00-4:00 p.m. The popular tour will explore homes designed and built by architects for their own families. A sense of experimentation, playfulness, inspiration, and a creative approach to budget constraints pervade these homes.

The Venice Art Walk
May 18, 2014
The proud tradition of artists and volunteers providing health care to their neighbors in need and the celebration of Venice’s vibrant artistic culture continues today. This event is free and open to the public and features a highly anticipated 350 piece art auction, live entertainment, and an impressive lineup of gourmet food trucks. Participants can purchase tickets to highly regarded Architecture Tours that held throughout the year and/or view exclusive art studios that will be featured on the day of Venice Art Walk & Auctions.

Design for Social Impact
May 25–August 3, 2014
Based on the idea that design is a way of looking at the world with an eye for changing it, the Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) presents Design for Social Impact, an original exhibition offering a look at how designers, engineers, students, professors, architects and social entrepreneurs use design to solve the problems of the 21st century.

Celebrate: Groundswell
June 28, 2014
A+D Architecture and Design Museum > Los Angeles (A+D) celebrates its 13th year of cutting edge exhibitions and progressive architecture and design programs with its annual gala and fundraiser.

 

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Oct192010

FORM at the AIA/LA Fall Home Tour-Off Sunset: Brentwood to Palisades

FORM braved the rain on Sunday and attended the AIA/LA Fall Home Tour: Off Sunset-Brentwood to Palisades. Even in the gloomy climate, we were awed and inspired by the extraordinary home designs. The weather showed the versatility of the homes  to offer both outdoor spaces, as well as comfortable and innovative interiors to watch the passing storm.

Our first stop was at La Mesa House, an early abode house by John Byers. Although the front of the home is the only feature from the 1920's home, the interior of the home offered a modern, yet appropriate remodel. Through forensic analysis of the original home, the designer John Dutton, AIA, LEED AP, was able to gain insight into materials and finishes to accurately complete the remodel. The new courtyard provided a seamless integration between the interior and exterior of the home, and served as a place for quiet contemplation, especially in the rain. The rear of the site featured the more modern aspects of the home - an infinity-edge pool and detached guest house - which felt unique yet coherent with the rest of the property, and offered beautiful views of the Riviera Country Club and Santa Monica Mountains.

The second home on the tour was The Carrillo Residence, designed by Steven Ehrlich, FAIA. The modern exterior was juxtaposed with sculptures of sheep, hinting at the desire of the young family to create a formal, yet informal and comfortable space. The interior of the home further expressed the family's character, with artwork and artifacts from the couple's home countries and travels. The location of the home on a long narrow site on the rim of the Santa Monica Canyon offers views of the canyon and mountains. The outdoor environment further inspired the stone masses on the ground floor, while the floating white box above the master bedroom wing gestures towards the home's views.

The third residence was the Sycamore House, the home of architect Michael Kovac, AIA and his wife. The recycled fiber cement facade of the home was enhanced by subtle etching patterns of the surrounding sycamore trees by artist Jill Sykes. The focus on the environment was prevalent throughout the home, which is on track for LEED Platinum Certification. A 23-foot tall concrete wall anchors the home to its site, and provides a thermal mass to passively regulate heating and cooling. A green roof, reclaimed wood flooring, and non-VOC paints further add to the sustainable agenda of the home. The couple's influence, such as the wife's love of the color purple, is demonstrated in subtle features such as the refrigerator door and color projection on the shower door.

The final home was the Massey's Residence, located in a residential neighborhood with views of the Santa Monica Mountain. Architect Mehrnoosh Mojallali, AIA successfully completed the challenge to transform the existing folk house into the contemporary residence it is today. Through turning the courtyard into the focal point of the family residence, with an outdoor seating and entertainment area, the central room of the home is expanded to the outside. The second floor offers a large landing, which serves as an office with views of the surrounding canyon and courtyard. The master suite, located at the rear of the second story, allows for a quiet private retreat for the young parents.

All in all, FORM was glad to be part of both of the AIA/LA Fall Home Tours and looks forward to future tours! 

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