AIA Los Angeles spring home tour opens doors to modern designs in Santa Monica, Venice
The similarities and juxtapositions between two neighboring beach cities will be explored when the American Institute of Architects Los Angeles hosts the spring tour "Ve ≠ SaMo (Venice is not Santa Monica)" on Sunday.
While the stereotypes are plentiful -- bohemian Venice, sedate Santa Monica -- the self-guided tour will let design lovers formulate their own opinions about the architecture.
The four featured homes are: the minimalist modern 24th Street house pictured above, by Steve Kent, with a home theater and recording studio; a Santa Monica home by Robert Crockett whose design centered on the clients' Muslim faith; a home made from prefabricated, interlocking modular elements by Erla Dögg Ingjaldsdóttir and Tryggvi Thorsteinsson, whose previous projects we have featured; and a compelling family house in Venice by Larry Scarpa.
The tour runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Architects and docents will be available to answer questions. To buy tickets ($75) on the day of the event, go to the Scarpa house at 1348 Appleton Way, Venice.
-- Lisa Boone
Photo credit: Lee Mannin