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Venice artist-in-residence compound by David Ming-Li Lowe lists for $4.45m

Japanese elements combine with industrial proportions at this Venice property, designed in the 1980s by beloved architect, filmmaker and designer David Ming-Li Lowe as an experimental live/work compound for creatives.

The compound is a glowing lightbox, located three blocks from Venice Beach and comprising two mirrored, three-storey buildings set around a secluded courtyard. Ming-Li Lowe cleverly used translucent Kalwall building panels to guarantee privacy from outside that recall Japanese shoji screens and drenching interiors in soft milky light.

Photography: Cameron Carothers

Business and workshop spaces face the street while living areas are behind. The Los Angeles property has recently undergone a refurbishment, upgrading its middle-level kitchen and bathrooms. The bedrooms occupy the towers’ top floors and are connected by a hardwood deck suspended above the courtyard below.

Photography: Cameron Carothers

Interiors celebrate the materiality of the space and the heritage of Californian modernism with steel beams and cross-bracing on show throughout the interiors and hardwood floors.

The Venice artist compound is asking for $4.45m – The Value of Architecture has the listing.

Photography: Cameron Carothers
Venice artist-in-residence compound by David Ming-Li Lowe lists for $4.45m
Photography: Cameron Carothers
Venice artist-in-residence compound by David Ming-Li Lowe lists for $4.45m
Photography: Cameron Carothers
Venice artist-in-residence compound by David Ming-Li Lowe lists for $4.45m
Photography: Cameron Carothers

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