Located in Venice, Los Angeles, California, USA, Zig-Zag House by Dan Brunn Architecture is a 4,844-square-foot residence especially built for a financial manager and an aspiring artist. Clean modern lines, easy maintenance and materials compatible with the oceanfront location of the building were the main requirements of the clients. Functionally, the couple desired a garage for a boat or trailer, an art studio, and a roof deck. The three-level home features deep terraces on each floor in order to maximize outdoor spaces and ocean views. Dynamic modern facades are created by these zig-zag balconies and rhythmic window patterns.

The five-bedroom house includes a ground-floor apartment with a kitchenette, as well as expansive garage: “The two floors built above constitute the main living spaces. Stairs appear to be floating due to a hidden tension rod design, further contributing to the airy nature of the interiors. The program includes: garage, laundry room, apartment with living room, kitchen, bedroom, and full bath on ground floor; living room, kitchen, dining room, powder room, and two guest rooms with shared bath on floor two; master bedroom suite with open bath and walk-in closet, office/art studio, and two guest rooms with shared bath on floor three.” Various skylights and floor-to-ceiling glass windows bring natural illumination inside, resulting in a fresh and airy residence. [Photos by Brandon Shigeta]