Brooks Avenue House by Bricault Design



Canadian architects Bricault Design have completed a plant-covered extension to a house in Venice, Los Angeles.


Large glass doors on the ground floor pivot open onto the courtyard.


Air is drawn inside and up a sculptural staircase to an opening in the roof, cooling the building.


The building is clad with cedar batons and the new bedroom is covered in plants, including vegetables and indigenous shrubs.


Here's some more information from Bricault Design:


Brooks Avenue House

The clients for this project needed more space to accommodate the needs of a growing family, but they were reluctant to leave their location in Venice - one of the few walkable neighborhoods in Los Angeles.


The solution was to maintain and remodel their existing 2000 square foot home, while creating a 1700 square foot addition and courtyard on the rear lane side.


With an ideal climate for much of the year, a primary design driver was to create a seamless connection between inside and outside, while eliminating the need for air conditioning.


To this end, a central sculptural staircase links the ground floor with the rooftop deck, while doubling as a chimney to draw cooling breezes through the house.


On the main floor, a sequence of pivoting doors opens the house to the courtyard, while on the second floor, windows fold back and full-height exterior panels slide into walls.


A system of cedar battens serve as a shading device along much of the addition.


The volume of the new master bedroom extends out from the second story, creating a carport below.


Its exterior is clad with a living wall system on three sides, visually tying together the courtyard greenery with the planted roof.


All landscaping is fed with a combination of captured rainwater and recycled domestic grey water.


The roof’s softscape is divided between a highly productive vegetable garden and indigenous, low-maintenance grasses and shrubs.


The roof also supports a solar panel array that is sufficient to meet household needs.


The house features a high-efficiency combination boiler, which supplies both radiant in-floor heating and domestic hot water.


A hot water recirculation loop makes hot water available “on demand,” while reducing consumption.


Other features include low-flush toilets and non-toxic, low-VOC finishes, which are used throughout the house.


green finishes and fixtures:

cork-rubber flooring

low VOC paint

formaldehyde-free cabinetry

LED lighting

Posted on Friday August 14th 2009 at 12:06 pm by Jonny Jones. Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • Marian

    It look very good!!!! and the details are really nice !!

  • m3

    A well-made house, coherence. I like it. However after my taste, like to many textures, many types of finishes…

  • brycycle

    well detailed, yet whimsical – great work Canada!

  • hk

    Great design. Whats up with the empty lot next door?

  • LP

    Love the details – from the artistic beauty to the materials, plus the graphics communicate the design thoroughly. Nice to see a beautiful, yet sensitive design! Obviously, a talented design team!

  • t

    The floor in the shower is wicked!!! Great Molly that´s good workin

  • tanya telford – T

    i like all the different textures, seems to make the place look more individual & personal. Some good eco friendly systems in place and use of greener materials. I want to find out about the cork rubber flooring (never heard of it before). Internally the house looks good too. Something authentic about it even with all the different aspects.

  • Saiman

    Detailed to perfection, well done!

  • Mark

    This house was one of the homes on a Dwell magazine home tour at the end of June. It was very cool to walk through. Great house.

  • JuiceMajor

    This is like the living wall movement!