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Amoroso Residence

Location: Venice Beach, CA
Firm: Modal Design

Located on the alley-side of one of Venice’s famous walk-streets, the Amoroso project was envisioned by the client as a “jewel box” that would offer space to display an extensive video art collection. The client, an entertainment executive, spent a portion of her professional career living adjacent to London’s famed Serpentine Gallery, and desired an experipmental structure of their own.

The design is a direct response to the adjacent craftsmen-inspired home, sun patterns, view corridors, and programmatic needs as a functioning garage, laundry, overflow guest space, and video display gallery. Playing off the traditional pitched roof of the adjacent home, the rectangular structure stretches and contracts roof peaks and valleys to offer unique silhouettes from every angle and strategically capture skyward views within the tight site. The upper story of the interior is the beneficiary of the vaulting with a spacious feel that also enhances the video displays. Walls flow into ceiling so that all planes become projection surfaces for the video art collection.

The exterior was clad in zinc shingles laid in a “dazzle” pattern – a reference to the camoufl age painting used to visually break down the scale of WWI ships, or in this case, the building. The interior is painted almost exclusively in white to serve as a backdrop for the videos except for a singular wood storage and media cabinet that defines the entry to the space.

This project was completed while working at Modal Design. Visit them to see more of their amazing work.