The 3,700 sq ft house is the practice’s first ‘ground-up’ residential project, created for the plot at 640 Milwood Ave to combine curving walls, square picture windows and sharp rectangles.
The four-bedroom Venice Beach property wraps around a central courtyard landscaped by Sarita Jaccard, which borrows from Japanese zen gardens. According to the designer, it’s conceived as a ‘bento box’ of outdoor activities, with a fireplace, sundeck and swimming pool set within a raised basalt slab contrasted by lush tropical greenery.
However, the real triumph is the staircase: often just a ‘through-space’ in homes, this angular artery feels like a destination in itself. An oculus skylight crowns the volume, illuminating crisp Venetian plaster walls and highlighting its sharp wooden planes.
Perhaps unusually, the practice designed the house without a specific client in mind, using Radius House as a testing ground for its ideas. In that spirit, the Venice Beach property has been hosting pop-up exhibitions of art, and design shows ahead of its sale by Amor Corp.