David Hertz Architects FAIA & The Studio of Environmental Architecture


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Navy Home Finished!

This private residential compound sits on 3 large lots at the intersection of Pacifc Ave. and Navy St. which is the first street into Venice from Santa Monica, as such this project serves as a gateway to Venice. Because the intersection is very noisy the concept was to use large tilt up concrete slabs to  create an acoustical and visual wall to reinforce the edge condition between the street and the residence.

The building is seen by motorist as a minimalist sculptural object which reads very differently from opposite directions. Since Navy is a major street in and out of Venice the building will have two faces, one to pedestrians coming into and another leaving Venice. The main house sites on 2 parcels over a 12 car subterranean parking garage and basement.  A guest house and pool is created on the adjacent property, site walls and landscape create a serene verdant retreat away from the urbanity of the surroundings.

David Hertz