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The Solar Umbrella Stands the Test of Time

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The friendly, simple eco-home created by the owners and the principals of Pugh + Scarpa Architects has long been a local icon in Venice, California, inspired by Paul Rudolph’s 1953 Umbrella House design.

Solar hydronic heating panels heat water for the radiant floor and hot showers after a day at the beach.

On the roof, a storm-water recycling system that harvests every precious drop of California’s water.
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The local icon, known as the Solar Umbrella House is literally entirely covered by a “solar umbrella” that provides the home’s electricity, while leaving its back and front open to the Santa Monica breezes.

Built using heat-retaining concrete and glazed overhangs and windows that open to allow for cross ventilation, this house manages its own interior temperature.

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Environmentally benign materials are used throughout, like for these simple industrial stairs.

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Locally harvested woods make up the interior.

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Yet, for all that it is a local icon, really, the house is just a simple child-friendly unpretentious family home for Angela Brooks, and Lawrence Scarpa, and family.

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One comment so far to “The Solar Umbrella Stands the Test of Time”
  1. Lightopia Says:

    This is a smart and beautiful home. I like seeing environmentally friendly architecture that is both functional and beautiful.

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