Home tour: A green cube in Venice
You may have heard of living walls, but how about a living box?
The exterior walls of the new wing of the Bricault family's Venice home are clad in sedums and other succulents, which soften the contemporary architecture so it looks like a plush, verdant floating cube.
Owner Paul Bricault likes the way the horticultural house gets people talking. "Everyone who comes here looks at it with this quixotic expression. We get all sorts of questions, including, do we have roots coming through the inside walls?"
Read the full story about this green addition, which has nearly doubled the home's size while using passive cooling, solar panels and a rainwater recycling system -- among other sustainable construction approaches, indoors and out.
You can also click through our photo gallery for an up close and personal view of the green box and how it works with the rest of their house.
If you want to check out the home for yourself, it will be part of the Venice Garden & Home Tour.
Start location: Las Doradas Children's Center, 804 Broadway (corner of Broadway and Pleasant View Avenue, one block west of Lincoln Boulevard), Venice
Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (rain or shine)
Date: May 1
Tickets: $60 in advance (until 3 p.m. April 30); $70 at the door
Children under 12 are admitted free
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Photo credit: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times