Project Description2002 RADA
On The Boards / Merit
Steven Ehrlich Architects' design for this four-unit loft project caught the judges' attention with its high level of livability. "They've opened up internal sight lines as well as external views," said one. Although the architects had a tight, 0.18-acre site and a 30-foot height limit to work with, they didn't have stylistic restraints imposed by context, local laws, or market factors. "Venice is a bohemian, eclectic community," says principal Steven Ehrlich, FAIA. "It attracts an artistic, free-spirited kind of person. So, we could explore ideas of space, volume, and livability without conforming to a certain style."
The Modern, 1,900-square-foot units sit atop a private, semisubterranean parking garage containing two spaces for each loft. The rear facades feature roll-up glass doors to catch ocean breezes, and the interior spaces, as the judges noted, contain open floor plans to facilitate a relaxed, beachside lifestyle.