David Hertz's Design Faces Forward - Mizugiri

We are excited to find this feature on David Hertz on the Mizugiri Blog.  

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Every now and then, we meet a person who views life like us. They see the same social ills, the same signs of hope, and the same factors related to our conception of goodness, beauty, and truth. They speak our language. And while we can’t entirely know where we diverge in our opinions, for me, the most recent source of lifeview overlap was David Hertz.

Who is David Hertz? He’s a restorative architect. An artist. An inventor. And a bad ass.

Why? Because he gets it. He just gets it.

What do I mean by that? He has great taste. He’s detail-obsessed. He’s environmentally-conscious. He believes in giving back to community. And he puts his money where his mouth is, paying it forward to diverse communities, supporting their growth and development.

What is his design philosophy? Homes should be restorative. Not only are they restorative to the mind, body, and spirit of their inhabitants, but they’re restorative to the environment that they themselves inhabit.

On being restorative to people, Hertz builds homes that connect people to the outside world. The indoor space of his homes connects to the outdoor space harmoniously.

On being restorative to the environment, Hertz believes that buildings should generate more than they take. They should provide green space, nurture vegetation, output oxygen and fresh air, as well as capture water. Hertz makes sure his homes are restorative by calculating the entire life cycle of a home’s energy production and consumption, only building when expected energy output is greater than expected energy input.

In the spirit of Frank Lloyd Wright and John Lautner (to whom Hertz was an apprentice), Hertz pays great attention to the environmental surroundings of where he chooses to build. He deeply studies the topography of the site, the path of the sun, and the wind flow of the area. Additionally, natural local materials are always used to bring Hertz’s design vision to fruition.
— Stephanie Tsai Karlik - Mizugiri