David Hertz Architects FAIA & The Studio of Environmental Architecture

Navy House


navy street house

This residence has many faces. It’s most prominent facade comprises of five vertical slabs of concrete on Pacific Ave., a busy thoroughfare. These function as a sound barrier against the noise of traffic, and they are staggered at an angle to create slender windows between them. This also causes the elevation to appear differently depending on the direction the viewer is traveling. The tilt-up slabs are thus brutalist monoliths, standing in elegant simplicity over the street.

The compound is made of a main house and a guest house, which along with the pool sit atop a subterranean twelve car garage. Sliding glass doors enable interior spaces to blend into the central open space for a more fluid domestic experience. The complex of buildings realizes a tranquil courtyard amidst the chaos of the surrounding urban context.


Project Details

Year: 2012
Location: Venice, CA
Typology: single family residence
Program: 3 bed, 3.5 bath
Size: 3,900 sqft
Sustainable Features:
  • photovoltaic panels
  • hydronic radiant heating
  • storm water collection, reuse
  • natural ventilation
  • solar chimney
  • Contractor: Epic
    Structural Engineer: C.W. Howe
    Photography: Laura Doss, Carson Leh, Richard Olsen

    construction photos

    Videos of the tilt-up slab construction