Y House


Y House

Venice CA

Architecture, Construction, Landscape, Entitlements

Completed 2019

2020 AIA|LA Residential Architecture Award

Photos: Eric Staudenmaier

The gold-paneled Y House faces the street and shares a similar spatial diagram to the neighboring X House.  It contains a spiraling switchback stair from the ground to the third floor, with a straight stair connecting to the roof.  The roof stair’s enclosure is used to shield the street-facing roof decks from one another by strategically employing the 100 sf allowed for roof access structures.  In contrast to the live/work X House, the Y House is conceived as a more concealed home for a family.  The ground level kitchen faces a small garden, with the living room past the open staircase.  The middle level contains a large suite shielded off from the stairwell.  The third floor is divided into a secondary bedroom and a large studio/playroom with a kitchenette for entertaining on the roof.