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AIA Los Angeles spring home tour opens doors to modern designs in Santa Monica, Venice

May 11, 2011 |  6:34 pm


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


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