From Margaret Everton on April 23, 2010 in Los Angeles
Many artists live and breathe their work, but most dont have the fancy digs to let them do both in the same space. By building the Mhouse, Los Angeles -based Xten Architecture solved this conundrum for a group that had been living in an artists’ compound in Venice Beach, California.
Two interlocking L-shaped structures were the main components of the project, which allow for the separate living and working spaces. In between these spaces is a fantastic courtyard perfect for sharing ideas, completing large pieces or simply lounging in the sunshine. The indoor artist’s studio faces the courtyard in order to take advantage of the natural lighting and ventilation. The spaces are separated by a sliding garage door.
In addition to ample space for creating art, theres also a wraparound gallery area for displaying finished pieces. And as if that werent enough, inspiration can be gleaned from the spectacular ocean views visible from the open rooftop.
In creating such a multifunctional space, it is appropriate to assume that the architects were concerned about sustainability as well. Radiant heating is used throughout each room, and the building is situated to allow for natural cooling in the summer months. The concrete floors were created from recycled floor ash and the metal paneling is made up of 80 percent recycled materials as well.
The residents of the Mhouse have everything they need under one roof. In fact, the stylish comfort of their new home probably keeps them there long enough to get some work done.