Los Angeles-based Rios Clementi Hale Studios have designed the Nowita Residence in Venice, California.
Description from Rios Clementi Hale Studios :
Located on a pedestrian street, the original house was a 1920’s bungalow of 600 sf. In 1996 the owner/architects added second floor bedrooms, preserving the original footprint and massing relative to the neighborhood. View and shade were coordinated with the large 80 year old Magnolia Grandiflora on the adjacent property. In 2002 this adjacent property was acquired by the grandmother, allowing for communal use of the yards. Both houses pinwheel off the massive magnolia. The neighborhood is conventional single family, but small lot sizes and pedestrian access raise the density significantly, creating a strong community.
The structure of the second floor addition is of 34 wood columns that cantilever out of garage shear walls to support and stabilize the roof. Each member is necessary and calculated. Their repetition is more than visual; a result of the safety redundancies prescribed by the seismic code. This iteration is exploited to provide shading, pattern and views from within.
This house has evolved with the neighborhood. This time the owners wanted to be sincere about “just what holds things up.” Architecture once sought transparency of means, another generation asked for relationships; both are noble causes. We’re proud of being good neighbors in the shifting Venice context; good neighbors…but honest ones.