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Modern living spaces wrapped around a courtyard in Venice Beach

Designed by , this 3,000 square foot modern residence is characterized by openness and natural light, confined to a narrow site in the heart of the Venice Beach, California. The main requirement of the young homeowner was to maximize views towards the Pacific Ocean and the surrounding natural environment. There was also a strong desire to maintain a sense of privacy with the home through the creation of a central courtyard. This also enabled outdoor enjoyment within an urban setting.

“The house is like a flower that has pushed up from its dark slot of space in search of the sun.” —architect Michael Webb

“With glass roll-up doors on both sides of the courtyard as well as the front facade, the ground floor allows for views and light to flow uninterrupted through the building,” explains the architects. “By employing raw, honest materials the house responds to the Bohemian grittiness of Venice and blurs the lines between indoors and out.” The two-story facade consists of painted stucco boxes that is separated by a garden, with concrete steps descending into the backyard.

What We Love: This Venice Beach home showcases glass roll-up doors, that when opened, transforms this dwelling into an airy pavilion. A simple modern exterior facade offers clean lines and an understated elegance. Loving the lush interior courtyard, which offers the homeowner a private and relaxing outdoor living space in an urban environment… What features in this home catches your eye? Please let us know in the comments below!

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Above: This modern dwelling wraps around an interior courtyard, creating a tranquil outdoor living space on a narrow urban lot.

Above: The easy flow of space has been enhanced by the use of steel grilles for stair treads and galleries that seem to float in the lofty void at the center of the house; bathed in light from above and leading up to a roof terrace that’s fully equipped for parties.

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Photos: Benny Chan & Grey Crawford

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