David Hertz Architects FAIA & The Studio of Environmental Architecture
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Copy of Butterfly House

Butterfly House, Venice Beach

A butterfly roof is both an environmental system and sculptural shorthand for the project. The roof shape collects rainwater for irrigation, and symbolically it ascends above the residential volumes, providing an angular counterpoint to their more rectilinear geometry. Materiality heightens this contrast: the wood ceiling glows warmly when illuminated against the dark facade. These walls absorb heat for exposed solar thermal performance, signified with evacuated tubes doubling as an architectural accent. This system provides heat for domestic purposes as well as the pool. An outward facing green wall echoes the roof’s chevron profile with a diagonal pattern of durable, drought tolerant plants. Meanwhile, the side of the wall that facing the house is covered with an edible landscape that provides occupants with fresh produce.