Project: Venice Beach Cabin more

Principle Designer: Peter Culley

Photographer: Spatial Affairs Photography


Peter Culley - Project Principal
James Hill - Project Architect
Stacey Farinholt - Landscape Architect
Andrew Montgomery
Hooman Kia

Client: Nick Barham, Chief Strategy Officer TBWA Chiat Day

Status: Completed 2015


The existing confused plan of this rambling Venice CA bungalow is simplified to maximize the view of our handsome protagonist: an existing Chinese Lace Bark Elm (Ulmus Parvifolia - a nice memory of the entry plaza at VMFA…), growing poignantly in the center of the rear garden. A new entry sequence is developed that creates a more intimate experience at the point of arrival, forcing the visitor to experience the longest view as they move through the house which continues to unfold with cyclical circulation routes to extend the feeling of the space.

A master ‘cabana’ suite, feeling somewhat at sea from the main house (though accessible secretly from it as well as across the new deck), is oriented to the rear, while a discrete guest suite exists quite independently at the front.

For more information on the ‘hanging kitchen’ click here

  • 1/ Smooth stucco exterior and frameless glass

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  • 1/ Wet bar

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  • 1/ Skylight

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  • 1/ Main bathroom_ detail

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  • 1/ Powder room - black mirror and Moroccan cement tile

  • 1/ Before: confused plan with no discrete relationships

  • 1/ After: clarified plan, tree as protagonist, and 'secret' circulation

  • 1/ New section thro raised ceiling and roof light

  • 1/ Skylight in living room

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