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Venice Beach Lofts

Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney Architects

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  • Thomas Hanley
  • Richard Ehrman
  • General Contractor: Sanchez Brothers Construction
  • Landscape Architect: Ray Hansen


7,600 sq. feet



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Project Description

2002 RADA
On The Boards / Merit

Steven Ehrlich Architects' design for this four-unit loft project caught the judges' attention with its high level of livability. "They've opened up internal sight lines as well as external views," said one. Although the architects had a tight, 0.18-acre site and a 30-foot height limit to work with, they didn't have stylistic restraints imposed by context, local laws, or market factors. "Venice is a bohemian, eclectic community," says principal Steven Ehrlich, FAIA. "It attracts an artistic, free-spirited kind of person. So, we could explore ideas of space, volume, and livability without conforming to a certain style."

The Modern, 1,900-square-foot units sit atop a private, semisubterranean parking garage containing two spaces for each loft. The rear facades feature roll-up glass doors to catch ocean breezes, and the interior spaces, as the judges noted, contain open floor plans to facilitate a relaxed, beachside lifestyle.
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