From Margaret Everton on April 2, 2010 in Los Angeles
If “green design” makes you think of hippies building homes with compost and wood scraps, then this architectural wonder in Venice, CA may just change your mind. Not only does it use the landscape to increase sustainability, but with a sleek exterior it could please the pickiest of design buffs. Designed by Los Angeles-based Marmol Radziner for one of its partners, the home was created with the purpose of integrating the indoors with the outdoors. This is achieved with a beautiful rooftop garden, which not only adds to the visual appeal, but also keeps the kitchen from overheating in the warm California sun. All plants are appropriately native to the area. Adding to the environmentally friendly design is a set of sliding doors in front of the pool that allows the evaporation from the water to cool the house. Surely this lends itself well to the idea that green living can inspire great design.