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Spectral Bridge House in Venice, California by EYRC Architects & Johannes Girardoni

Project name:
Spectral Bridge House
Architecture firm:
EYRC Architects
Venice, California, United States
Matthew Millman
Principal architect:
Design team:
Johannes Girardoni
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Built area:
4,076 ft²
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Residential › House

EYRC Architects: A unique collaboration between the architects and an internationally known artist, this house could be called “a vessel for living and art.”

The artist, Johannes Girardoni, creates site-specific projects that explore connections between art, design, technology and architecture. For this site, a narrow lot in an eclectic urban neighborhood about a mile from the beach, he wanted to build a home that would also be an immersive art experience.The lower-level exterior is shou sugi ban (charred wood cladding), a technique from 18th century Japan.

modern house exterior image © Matthew Millman

Ehrlich, Yanai and Girardoni collaborated to integrate art and architecture by creating three two-story living blocks. Their monolithic shapes are disrupted by irregular angles and rotated axes and are sensitively scaled to surrounding houses.

house main entrance to garden image © Matthew Millman

Lined up in a row, the living areas open to discrete outdoor spaces on both the ground and upper floors, forming multiple decks, gardens and a pool court. A roof deck above the central volume provides another layer of outdoor space and views out over the neighborhood. The three structures are connected by Girardoni’s artwork “Spectral Bridge,” which links the first two buildings by a bridge within a glass atrium, and the rear two structures by an exterior bridge.

open space living room to the outdoor deck terrace image © Matthew Millman

The “Spectral Bridge” runs on a program timed to the sunset and sunrise, shifting through color sequences based on a year-long evolution of the spectrum. Family and visitors experience it from the inside as a series of spaces defined by lines of light, volumes of color and ambient sound. Viewed from the outside, the bridge reads as a glowing physical volume, a light sculpture that unifies the architecture. Interior living spaces include an “art lounge” for colored light and sound baths between the bridges, flanked by separate bedroom wings.

living room with garden view

wooden terrace deck

natural sunlight meters kitchen through window

black bathroom design

double volume ceiling and skylight

main entrance hall with red color

hanging lights above kitchen island

bedroom with garden view

modern house facade

outdoor wooden deck terrace

wooden terrace at backyard

huge tree at backyard garden

modern home with illumination at night

kitchen view from outside

cactus plants in the garden

minimal living room design

living room with blue colors

corridor bridge with glass walls

corridor bridge with lighting at night

Spectral Bridge House

Spectral Bridge House lights

roof terrace at night

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By Naser Nader Ibrahim

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