How do you triple the size of a house when it sits on a small lot in Venice, California? Young Los Angeles architects Steffen Leisner, Ali Jeevanjee, and Phillip Trigas faced this challenge when they collaborated on expanding a house for a couple living in a 970-square-foot, avocado-colored Venice bungalow with shingled siding and a hiedroof near Abbot Kinney Boulevard, the town’s vibrant central drag.The owners-a filmmaker and a multimedia artist-asked the architects to provide them with 2,500 square feet of new space on the bungalow’s long, narrow lot, including living and office areas as well as an art studio and rental unit.
Project: 1+3=1House, Venice, California
General contractor: CalAsia Construction
Engineer: David H.Lau & Associates
Architect: Steffen Leisner, Ali ‘fetvanjee, Phillip Trigas
Sam Lubell is the editor of the California edition of The Architect’s Newspaper. He contributes regularly to ARCHITECTURAL RECORD.