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Explore Dwell Magazine’s, Best Home in America, at AIA|LA’s “Venice Vista” spring Home Tour, presented by Gruen Associates

March 28, 2012

Photo by Jonas Lara

Escher GuneWardena Architects renovation of a Los Angeles bungalow, bestowed them the title of Best Home In America, according to Dwell Magazine. With remarkable views and sustainable features, this home is too good to pass up! Come see the Mar Vista, CA family home at the AIA|LA Home Tour, “Venice Vista!”

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House Description:

Location: Mar Vista, CA
Name: Pearson Trent Residence
Category: Residential
Design Firm: Escher GuneWardena ArchitectureThe remodel of a modest post war bungalow in the Mar Vista neighborhood of West Los Angeles engulfs the L shape plan of the original building with a new shell to form a large rectangular mass. The garage, a series of bedrooms along the north, and a massive wall on the south define an open living/dining/kitchen area sheltered by a single sloping roof. The covered space gradually expands horizontally and vertically to meet the easterly view of the city.A 26 foot long glass disappears into a pocket, turning the living space into an expansive outdoor room facing the view. The exterior plaster finish, and grey quarry tile floor extend from the living areas out to patios, blurring the distinction of indoor and out. The handcrafted concrete block wall at the entry by Los Angeles artist Evan Holloway references a late work of Gerrit Rietveld. The clients are photographer Ramona Trent and the renowned artist Anthony Pearson.

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