Design Ideas #2

You may have seen this house featured in Dwell Magazine or noticed it in parts of season one of the Showtime series Californication, either way, this memorable design exemplifies some of the best elements of Californian modern home design. Architects David Hertz and wife Stacy Fong built this Venice, California home for their personal residence, drawing from Balinese influences to give the home the intended resort-like feel. Sections of the home are connected via bridges and walkways that open onto a central courtyard and lap pool, creating an open layout that blends with the surrounding outdoors.

Other amenities include a home theater, exercise room, fire pit, and outdoor kitchen. The fire pit lounge area in the courtyard is a great focal point for the house, and the accordion door seen to the right of the fire pit helps to open up the interior space to the outdoors. The large wood frame windows enable natural light to flood the interior spaces and contrast nicely to the treated concrete walls. While the overall look of this home spells modern design, some of the elements seen here like the the open layout, accordion door system, and the blending of outdoor and indoor living spaces have been incorporated into the design of the Project Noe house. Pictures and background on the Hertz-Fong home were cited from this article in |Dwell Magazine|. |David Hertz Architects|